Brain is a unique organ, enabling complex cognition and reflexes. Being diagnosed with brain cancer can be quite frightful and debilitating. Brain cancer treatment, including brain surgery, is a delicate process, which requires skills of the highest order. The dedicated neuro-oncology specialty team at Cytecare consists of specialists with dedicated years of clinical experience in treating cancers of the Central Nervous System (Brain and Spine). There are over 120 types of CNS cancers and we have the expertise, in terms of clinical knowledge, infrastructure and specialised resources, to treat all of them. Not all tumors found in brain or in the spine are cancerous but skillful management of brain tumours renders superior results in brain cancers.
At the Neuro-oncology specialty at Cytecare, we are equipped with a most advanced diagnostics treatment and support centre for:
- Brain and Central nervous system cancers
- Neurological complication from cancer treatment or other cancers
- Peripheral nervous system conditions that may affect patients with cancer
- Metastatic brain tumours
Not all tumors of the brain are the same. There may be variations, depending on the size, aggressiveness, location and growth of the tumors, causing corresponding variations in the signs and symptoms of the tumors. One must always be aware of the family's medical history, including the cases of cancers and tumors. A history of genetic syndromes that may cause brain cancer, it must be taken seriously and communicated to one's doctor. For instance, A family history of Li-Fraumeni syndrome, neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis, and Turcot syndrome can increase the chances of brain cancer. Understanding these threats can make all the difference, by helping identify the brain tumors at early stages.
Although there are many symptoms that may appear, it is important to get oneself screened is the following common symptoms appear:
- Frequent headaches of increased severity, commonly accompanied by vomiting
- Slurry speech
- Loss of memory & vision
Ignoring the symptoms of brain cancer can be especially detrimental if they persist for over a month. Ignoring the signs and/or avoiding treatment would worsen the situation. In such a scenario, it is important to visit a Neurologist, Neurosurgeon or General Physician, at the earliest. Brain Cancers can be best managed upon timely detection.
Cytecare performs a wide variety of neuro-radiology procedures to facilitate diagnosis and treatment of brain cancers as well as brain cancer related neurological issues. Some of these procedures are-
- CT/MRI/PET Imaging of brain & spine
- Lumbar puncture
- Transcranial Doppler
- Carotid ultrasound
- Interventional angiography that includes stenting, thrombolysis, sinus sampling
- Image-guided percutaneous biopsy
Management of brain tumours, and specifically cancers, requires a multi-disciplinary approach, involving a neurosurgeon, neurologist, radiologist and oncologist. Cytecare also offers pre- and post-surgical counselling for patients and their relatives, paramount in having a meaningful treatment outcome. Treating brain cancer requires extreme planning and coordination among specialists. The outcome of cancer treatment is dependent on several factors, such as the grade of the tumour, location, age of the patient, general physical condition of the patient etc. Therefore we consider each case unique, and build a treatment plan in cohesion with clinical research data available and experience to ensure the best outcome both in terms of survival and quality of life.
Cytecare provides comprehensive and advanced clinical services for tumours like glioma-low grade astrocytoma, high grade astrocytoma (Glioblastoma), meningioma, pituitary adenoma, ependymoma, nerve sheath, primary spinal cord, prevalent in adults and ependymoma, astrocytoma - low grade astrocytoma, high grade astrocytoma (Glioblastoma), medulloblastoma, predominantly seen in paediatric cases.
Neurosurgery: The chance of best outcome in brain surgery is largely dependent on maximal
tumor removal. Our neurosurgery services include both primary as well as metastatic brain
tumors. Our focus is to remove the tumor completely or as much as possible, with a parallel
goal of preserving maximum neurological function. We use the most advanced techniques and
sophisticated tools and state-of-the-art technology to perform surgery. Post-surgical tumor
removal, depending on the biopsy report regarding the type of tumor, adjuvant chemotherapy
and/or radiotherapy is administered after recommendation of the tumor board.
- Radiation therapy
- Chemo therapy