Brain tumor treatment in Denver, CO
Swedish Medical Center is a leader in the field of neurology and the treatment of brain and spinal cord tumors, removing over 100 brain tumors in the past year.
Not all brain tumors result in brain cancer. According to the American Brain Tumor Association, less than one-third of brain tumors are malignant (cancerous).
While the median age at diagnosis for primary brain tumors is 60, brain tumors are the second most common cancer among children in infancy up to age 14. The direct cause of a brain tumor is often unknown. However, risk factors for brain tumors include genetics, family history and age. For patients diagnosed with a brain or spinal cord tumor, it’s imperative that they see a neurologist who specializes in these types of tumors.
If you have recently been diagnosed with a tumor, call our Brain Tumor Support Hotline for assistance with discussing and identifying treatment options, second opinion services, emotional support resources and more. Call (303) 788-5500, Monday through Friday between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Swedish’s stereotactic radiosurgery is often called “knifeless” brain surgery and often provides treatment options for formerly “inoperable” tumors.
Stereotactic radiosurgery delivers doses of pinpointed radiation to treat brain tumors and other neurological diseases with minimal damage to normal brain tissue. Non-invasive stereotactic radiosurgery treatments are completed in a matter of hours as an outpatient procedure.
Benefits of stereotactic radiosurgery
This type of surgery boasts a multitude of benefits for patients:
- Safe, accurate, reliable and non-invasive outpatient procedure
- Patients experience virtually no pain, discomfort or side effects
- Lower incidence of postoperative complications, infections and internal hemorrhage
- Patients are usually discharged within 12 hours, reducing the cost of treatment compared to traditional brain surgery
- Patients usually return to preoperative lifestyle the day following the procedure
- Covered by Medicare and most insurance providers
Swedish currently has the newest model of the Leksell Gamma Knife®, one of the most trusted radiosurgery products in the world.
Conditions we treat with stereotactic radiosurgery
Stereotactic radiosurgery is most often used for:
- Intracranial tumors
- Functional disorders
- Vascular malformations
- Neurological disorders
Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute
As a member of the Sarah Cannon Cancer Network of Excellence, our family of hospitals features leading edge cancer treatment and clinical trials. Sarah Cannon offers modern therapies for people facing cancer across the U.S. and our partnership provides patients personal, individualized care while benefiting from the network of resources Sarah Cannon has to offer.
Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Swedish Medical Center is pleased to offer access to askSARAH, a dedicated helpline designed to help answer your cancer-related questions. Whether you have been recently diagnosed with cancer or have questions with screenings, signs or symptoms, a registered askSARAH nurse can help. Committed to ensuring you have the right resources close to home, our nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (303) 253-3325 to connect directly to a nurse to help you today.