Brain Cancer Treatments
A Multidisciplinary Approach
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center offers the region’s only multidisciplinary clinic for brain cancer treatment. Patients receive their brain tumor diagnosis via consultations with nationally-recognized experts:
- Medical Oncologists
- Radiation Oncologists
Those with tumor-associated seizures can also work with a neurologist from Wake Forest Baptist’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center.
For patients who receive their care at Wake Forest Baptist, the most sophisticated tools in the world are available for brain tumor diagnosis and treatment. We were the first center in the state to offer Gamma Knife® surgery, a non-invasive, ultra-precise therapy for brain tumors. Gamma Knife surgery is the gold standard against which other therapies are measured. In addition, we take advantage of a multitude of additional leading-edge approaches for our patients receiving brain cancer treatment, from image-guided surgery to cortical mapping and awake craniotomy.
The Latest Brain Cancer Treatments
The Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center offers patients the latest in innovative brain cancer treatments
- GliaSite brachytherapy
- Awake craniotomy
- Gamma knife surgery
- Gliadel wafer chemotherapy
Wake Forest was also the first center in the nation to offer the GliaSite radiation therapy system, one of only 3 new treatments approved for brain tumors in the past 2 decades.
The medical staff at the Comprehensive Cancer Center includes experts in both high dose rate and low dose rate brachytherapy technology, which can be of particular help to those with locally-advanced cancers. We also have a staff of renowned surgeons who are experienced in such procedures as image-guided awake craniotomy, which allows the surgeon to precisely pinpoint areas of the brain that control the various senses so the patient is not left paralyzed, mute, deaf, or blind. Patients are “awake” during the surgery and are therefore able to communicate with the surgeon during the procedure.
As one of the leading research centers for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of brain injury resulting from a brain tumor and its treatment, we strive to provide patients with the most current treatment options, including brachytherapy and awake craniotomy, as well as convection-enhanced drug delivery. Patients can also take advantage of outpatient Gamma Knife surgery, which we have offered since 1999. Our center boasts one of the most experienced radiosurgical teams in the United States and is one of the most active Gamma Knife Centers in the country. In addition, we offer patients cutting-edge clinical trials for access to the newest treatments as they become available.
We’re with You from Brain Tumor Diagnosis through Survivorship
We are pleased to be a part of New Approaches to Brain Tumor Therapy (NABTT), a prestigious consortium of 9 academic medical centers offering patients access to the most innovative brain cancer treatment options in the world. Wake Forest Baptist is the only North Carolina center in this group.
Wake Forest Baptist also takes time to work with patients from brain tumor diagnosis all the way through survivorship, with a holistic approach that includes our nationally recognized cancer patient support program.
Cutting-edge research. Gamma knife surgery. Extensive support and care. At Wake Forest Baptist, we’re working on winning the battle against brain tumors while giving our patients renewed quality of life.