If you’ve been diagnosed with a brain tumor, we’re here for you. At Valley, we never forget the person behind the diagnosis. And we always treat the whole patient — mind, body and spirit.
Our team has experience diagnosing and treating all types of brain tumors, including:
- Cancerous (malignant) tumors, such as gliomas
- Noncancerous (benign) tumors, including meningioma and acoustic neuroma
- Cancer that has spread to the brain from another part of your body (brain metastases)
We also welcome patients seeking a second opinion.
When you turn to Valley for brain tumor care, you’ll receive individualized treatments that are anchored by advanced technology and delivered by experts. You’ll also receive the support you need to understand your diagnosis and navigate your way through treatment and recovery.
Explore stories of strength and inspiration from Valley patients who have been treated at Valley's Brain Tumor Program.
The Valley Approach to Brain Tumor Treatment
Your Neuro-Oncology Team
Eli Kirshner, MD
The process of receiving brain tumor care can feel overwhelming. But at Valley, you’ll have a nurse navigator to help guide you and your family through this journey. They will find answers to all of your questions and make sure you’re receiving the best possible care.
Our approach to brain tumor treatment also prioritizes safety and innovation. We offer numerous advanced technologies and techniques that help improve outcomes, including:
- Awake brain surgery: In some cases, we can operate on your brain tumor while you’re awake and alert. Your surgeon will monitor your responses (and your brain activity) while asking you questions or giving you commands. This helps ensure they don’t damage the parts of your brain that control sight, speech, or movement.
- Fluorescein-guided surgery: We can give you a harmless liquid solution that causes your brain tumor to glow when viewed on a special imaging screen. This makes it easier for your surgeon to see the size, shape, and location of your tumor during surgery.
- Gamma Knife radiosurgery: This noninvasive treatment sends targeted beams of radiation into your brain. Its pinpoint precision spares surrounding healthy tissue, resulting in significantly fewer side effects than whole-brain radiation.
- Transsphenoidal surgery: We use this minimally invasive technique to remove pituitary tumors through the nose.
- Acoustic Neuroma (Vestibular Schwannoma)
- Brain Metastases (Metastatic Brain Cancer)
- Brain Tumor (Benign and Malignant)
- Pineal Tumor
- Pituitary Tumors
- Skull Base Tumors
- Spinal Cord and Nerve Tumors
- Spinal Metastases (Metastatic Spinal Tumors)
- Spine Tumors
Why Choose Valley for Brain Tumor Care?
- Treatments closer to home: We offer the same level of expertise as most large medical centers, many of which are located in big cities. This means you don’t have to travel as far for the same treatments you’d receive elsewhere. You’ll find all the brain tumor specialists and services you need right here in Northern New Jersey.
- Collaborative care: At Valley, you have access to a team of experts who work together to make sure you receive complete care and support. Depending on the type of tumor you have, you may see doctors and nurses who specialize in medical oncology, radiation oncology, brain surgery, or pain management. Your care team may also include dietitians, social workers, physical therapists occupational therapists, and speech therapists.
- Brain surgery planning: Our team carefully maps your brain before surgery. This mapping helps us pinpoint precisely where your tumor is located and find the best way to get there. For example, we can confirm where (and how deep) to place surgical instruments without harming healthy brain tissue.
- Neuroscience intensive care unit (ICU): Specialists in our neuroscience ICU care solely for patients who have a serious neurological illness or are recovering from brain surgery. Not only will you have a private room, but you’ll be cared for by doctors, nurses and other providers with advanced training in critical care and neurological disorders.