Fletcher Allen, a Vermont university hospital and medical center, serves all of
Vermont and the northern New York region. Located in Burlington, Fletcher Allen is a regional, academic healthcare center and teaching hospital in alliance with the University of Vermont.
Brain Tumor Treatments
Brain Tumor Treatment at Fletcher Allen
The treatment that is right for you will depend on a number of factors, including the size, type and location of your tumor, as well as your overall health. Your entire team will spend time discussing the findings of all of your diagnostic studies as well as the best approach to treatment for the tumor and your overall health.
Surgery is often the first step in treating your brain tumor. At Fletcher Allen, our neurosurgeons provide the full range of surgical procedures to remove and operate on brain tumors. We use the latest minimally invasive, microsurgery techniques, when appropriate, to minimize risk for patients. Procedures include:
- Computer-assisted surgery - By compiling images from CT scans, MRI and other studies, we can compile computerized, three-dimensional images of your brain. Sophisticated computer mapping allows neurosurgeons to plan the least invasive route possible to treat the problem. The computer guides the neurosurgeon to the precise target with a high degree of accuracy. This type of surgery may require a smaller incision, with lower risk of harm to crucial brain structures.
- Laser microsurgery – A minimally invasive procedure that uses a laser to heat and destroy tumor cells. The procedure often uses a smaller incision, and can reduce the length of surgery and recovery time for patients.
- Stereotactic radiosurgery – Not a traditional form of surgery, this procedure involves using high doses of radiation precisely focused in a small area to kill the tumor. This may be an option for patients whose tumor cannot be removed with traditional surgery.
Radiation therapy uses high energy X-rays to destroy tumor cells and shrink tumors. The goal is to damage cancer cells and limit damage to healthy tissue.
Different types of radiation – and different means of delivering radiation – are used depending on the goals of your treatment. Fletcher Allen radiation oncologists and radiation therapists use the latest technology and advanced techniques to deliver radiation with a high degree of accuracy, while limiting damage to normal brain tissue.
Chemotherapy uses medicines to kill cancer cells. It stops or slows the growth of the cancer cells. Chemotherapy drugs are usually administered intravenously at an outpatient clinic, or by mouth.
At Fletcher Allen, we offer the full range of medical therapies and the latest chemotherapy agents available to treat brain tumors. Our knowledgeable, caring clinicians will work closely with you to develop an individual treatment plan that meets your needs.
Targeted Drug Therapies
Targeted therapies are drugs that work by interfering with certain molecules involved in tumor growth and progression. They target specific abnormalities in cancer cells.
Our entire team is committed to a personal approach and work closely with you and your family through all aspects of your care. We want to make sure you have all the information you need to make the best decisions.