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Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors

Sarah Cannon at SMC

Brain and Spinal Cord Tumor Treatment at Swedish Medical Center, Denver

Leading Center of Care for Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors in the Rocky Mountain Region

Each year, more than 100,000 people in the US are diagnosed with primary or metastatic tumors of the brain or spinal cord, ranking these cancers as the third leading cause of cancer death for people ages 20 to 39. At the Center for Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors at Swedish Medical Center, we utilize the latest equipment and techniques to diagnose and aggressively treat these complex tumors, making us one of the leading centers of care for brain and spinal cord tumors in the Rocky Mountain region. Statistics show that the aggressive treatment provided at Swedish has resulted in better patient outcomes. Use the + signs to learn more about treatment for brain and spinal cord tumors here.

Specialized, Coordinated Care

A dedicated team of specialists from Swedish and Colorado Neurological Institute work together to provide the highest level of care to patients at every stage of diagnosis and treatment. Our team includes a fellowship-trained neuro-oncologist, as well with neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, pathologists, radiation oncologists, neuropsychologists, social workers, nutritionists, a research coordinator and a chaplain.

State-of-the-art Technology

Our physicians utilize leading-edge diagnostic equipment, surgical techniques and radiation oncology treatment, including:

  • 64 Slice PET/CT
  • PET/CT
  • MRI Perfusion Imaging
  • Functional MRI
  • MR Spectroscopy
  • Gamma Knife
  • Siemen's Primus Linear Accelerator
  • ADAC Pinnacle CT and Treatment Planning System

Comprehensive Tumor Treatment

A wide variety of surgical and non-surgical treatment options are available to patients with brain and spinal cord tumors at Swedish. Neurosurgical options such as awake craniotomy, functional mapping, frameless stereotaxy and laser surgery are often accompanied by an aggressive combination of chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy or stereotactic radiosurgery.

Patients also have access to psychological services and a wide range of complementary treatment services, including massage therapy, nutritional counseling, healing services, support groups and the HeartStrings Project.