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Neurosurgeons specialize in treating brain and spinal cord cancer through traditional (open), minimally invasive surgery, and CyberKnife radiosurgery, a noninvasive form of radiation therapy. Surgical oncologists perform biopsies (taking tiny tissue samples) to test for cancer. They also surgically remove tumors and surrounding tissue.



Neuro-oncologists specialize in diagnosing and treating cancerous tumors of the brain and spinal cord. They treat these cancers using medications including chemotherapy and biologic therapy, such as targeted therapy. Neuro-oncologists often serve as your main health care provider, coordinating your treatment among several specialists.

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Radiation Oncologist

These cancer specialists have subspecialty training in high-energy X-rays and other radiation therapy. Radiation can destroy or prevent the spread of cancer. Using advanced technologies, radiation oncologists can precisely target cancer cells to avoid damaging nearby healthy tissue.


Advanced Practice Provider

These provider specialists are nurse practitioners and physician assistants who work closely with your oncologist to provide support and help with diagnosis and treatment. They may also recommend medications and lifestyle changes.


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Interventional Neuroradiologist

Interventional neuroradiologists use imaging studies such as CT scans and MRIs to diagnose and treat conditions of the central nervous system, head, neck, and spine.



A neurotologist is a type of otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat specialist, or ENT) who provides medical and surgical care of people with diseases that affect the ears, balance system, temporal bone, skull base, and related structures of the head and neck.



A rhinologist is a type of otolaryngologist (ENT) who has unique expertise in the medical and surgical treatment of nasal and sinus disorders.



Neuroendocrinologists diagnose and treat people with diseases that involve the brain and the endocrine system (glands and hormones). Our neurosurgeons partner with neuroendocrinologists to treat pituitary tumors.



A neuroradiologist uses imaging studies such as CT scans and MRIs to diagnose conditions of the central nervous system, head, neck, and spine. 



Neuro-anesthesiologists specialize in using medications to block pain, help you relax, or make you unconscious for spine and brain tumor procedures. Neuro-anesthesiologists also monitor your vital functions such as breathing, blood pressure, and heart rate during surgery. Depending on the type of surgery you are having, you may need local (small area), regional (larger area), or general (overall) anesthesia.



Neuropathologists specialize in diagnosing conditions of the brain and nervous system through microscopic evaluation of tissue sampled during biopsy or surgery.


Neurocritical Care Specialist

Neurointensivists specialize in the care of critically ill people with brain or spinal cord conditions, who require additional care and close monitoring usually in a neurointensive care unit.


Genetic Counselor

Our genetic counselors have specialized experience in cancer genetics, the study of genes and gene mutations, and how they affect a person’s risk of cancer. Not everyone may benefit from genetic testing. It is designed for people whose medical history shows the possibility of an inherited gene mutation.

Genetic counselors advise you and your family on identifying and managing any risk of inherited cancer. They work with you and your doctors to perform and review any genetic testing and help you understand the results.


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You can access Stanford’s expertise and compassionate care for brain and spine tumors at a location that’s convenient for you. We always accept new patients, and we take many insurance plans, including Medicare and Medi-Cal. 

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