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Trailblazing Brain Tumor Treatment

While there are many treatment options depending on the type and location of a tumor, your neuroscience specialist will work with you to determine which treatment option(s) are best for you.


Kettering Health Network is the only health system in the Dayton-area using two state-of-the-art treatments, Neuroblate and Gamma Knife.

Neuroblate is a minimally-invasive surgery that uses real-time MRI imaging to locate a tumor and destroy it through Laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT). It is typically used for hard to reach brain tumors where other treatment options may not be an option. Neuroblate gives hope to patients whose brain tumors may have previously been considered inoperable.

Gamma Knife is a type of radiosurgery, which makes it a non-invasive procedure with no surgical incision. This advanced radiation treatment uses up to 192 beams of radiation to treat brain tumors.

Below are types of tumors that can be treated with gamma knife:

Metastatic Brain Tumors: A tumor that has traveled to the brain from another part of the body.

Malignant Brain Tumors: Glioblastoma Multiformi (GBM), Astrocytoma, Oligodendroglioma.

Meningiomas: A tumor that grows from the meninges of the brain. Generally benign, but can be malignant.

Acoustic Neuroma: A Benign tumor on hearing nerve.

Trigeminal Neuralgia (TIC): Disorder of the 5th cranial nerve involving part or all of one side of the face.

Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformations (AVMs): Defects in the circulatory system composed of a tangle of arteries and veins believed to be congenital, rarely due to injury.

Other Surgical Brain Tumor Treatments

With today's leaps in modern neuroscience, brain surgery has advanced significantly, resulting in better surgical outcomes. Other surgical options include:

STEALTH Guided Craniotomy: A surgery performed by opening the skull and removing the brain tumor utilizing computer navigation

Awake Craniotomy: A surgery performed by opening the skull while the patient is awake, which helps identify high functioning areas within the brain. This allows precise surgical treatment and improved patient outcomes.

Stereotactic Biopsy: A procedure where a small sample of tumor tissue is taken to determine tumor type.

Transphenoidal Surgery: A surgical approach to remove pituitary tumors through the nose and sinuses.

Gliadel® Wafers Implant: Powerful biodegradable wafers with chemotherapy agents are placed in the tumor bed.