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Brain and Spine Cancer Program

Brain and Spine Cancer Program

The Florida Hospital Cancer Institute’s Brain and Spine Cancer Program provides patients with access to highly skilled, board-certified physicians and surgeons who are experts in diagnosing and treating brain and spine cancers, including one of only two Neuro-Oncologists in Florida. Our team is known for its compassion, expertise and experience. We offer a comprehensive, coordinated care program that begins with early detection and runs through post-tumor rehabilitation and counseling.

We are driven by a desire to achieve the best possible outcomes for all our patients. That means not only offering the best physicians and surgeons available, but also the latest, most advanced treatments and technologies, including the minimally invasive brain surgeries and techniques such as the Gamma Knife, which allows us to precisely target tumors with radiation while leaving nearby, healthy brain tissue intact. We continually participate in cutting-edge clinical trials, which offer treatments and medications that aren’t yet available to the general public.

We strive to help our patients make informed decisions about treatments options and provide access to a range of services every step of the way. Since its founding in 1908, Florida Hospital has always put patients first. At the Florida Hospital Brain and Spine Cancer Program, With a dedicated team, including a neuro-oncologists, brain surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, neuro-certified clinicians and nurses, including a Neurology Care Coordinator to walk patients through treatment planning and cancer care. Our commitment to patient-centered excellence has made us one of the top cancer programs available.

Minimally Invasive Brain Surgeries

At the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute’s Brain and Spine Cancer Program, we strive to always be on the cutting edge of brain surgery. In many cases, our experts can offer minimally invasive brain surgeries (MIBSs), which have a lower risk of side effects and complications than traditional open surgeries. The MIBS techniques include Gamma Knife radiosurgery, which allows us to precisely target brain tumors and lesions while leaving neighboring healthy tissue unaffected.

In addition, Florida Hospital Orlando is the only hospital in the Southeast to use an intraoperative 3-Tesla MRI, a powerful scanner that produces the clearest possible image of the brain and allows surgeons to look for tumors or other abnormalities in the brain as well as confirm the success of brain surgery.

Gamma Knife

The Florida Hospital Gamma Knife Center, established in 1996, was the first in Central Florida, and is still the largest and most experienced in the region. Over the past quarter century, we’ve treated thousands of patients with a multitude of different brain lesions. We offer the Leskell Gamma Knife 4C, the most technologically advanced non-invasive brain surgery technique available.

The Gamma Knife—which, despite its name, isn’t really a knife at all—uses powerful doses of radiation to target and treat diseased brain tissue, while leaving intact healthy surrounding tissue. This state-of-the-art technology allows the expert surgeons at the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute to operate on brain lesions that, not so long ago, would have been considered inoperable. For patients battling brain tumors, vascular malformations and functional disorders, this cutting-edge technology offers new hope and a better chance at a successful outcome.

The Florida Hospital Cancer Institute is accredited by several national cancer organizations for their quality, outcomes and comprehensive care. FHCI is accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer (COC) and the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI). Most recently, our Clinical Research Center has been awarded a $2.1 million grant from the National Cancer Institute’s Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP), allowing FHCI access to NCI’s prevention, control and treatment trials for cancer treatment and prevention. Learn more about clinical trials and The Florida Hospital Brain and Spine Cancer Program.

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