By choosing the Mount Sinai Brain Tumor Program for your brain tumor treatment, you have access to physicians and staff from many different departments — from initial diagnosis through treatment and follow-up.
Along your route to recovery, you may encounter the following departments, specialists, and services, all working together to provide you the utmost in comprehensive care and treatment:
- Neuro-oncology. Neuro-oncologists are physicians who specialize in both neurology and cancer (oncology). They are responsible for the evaluation and management of patients with brain tumors and the neurological complications of cancer. They use chemotherapy, biological response modifiers and immunotherapy, as well as novel drugs to treat brain tumor patients.
- Neurosurgery. Mount Sinai's neurosurgeons are leaders in their field. In addition to conventional surgery, our neurosurgeons are experts in computer-assisted image-guided neurosurgery, minimally invasive surgery, radiosurgery, brain mapping, awake brain surgery, and endoscopy.
- Imaging. All patients with brain tumors need radiographic studies to assess the extent of their disease and the efficacy of clinical treatment. The Mount Sinai Department of Radiology offers expert neuro-radiologists and provides the most innovative diagnostic imaging protocols, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with three Tesla (3T) scanners, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, diffusion and perfusion imaging (DWI/PWI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and functional imaging (fMRI). Our radiologists also perform digital angiography, PET and other nuclear medicine studies.
- Ophthalmology. Mount Sinai is proud to host a complete interdisciplinary eye care center with specialists trained in neuro-ophthalmology.
- Psychiatry. Some patients with brain tumors experience problems with memory, concentration, cognitive functions, or mood. These problems may be due to the tumor itself or the side effects of treatment. Our psychiatrists and neuropsychologists can help you understand these problems and provide recommendations for treatment.
- Radiation therapy. Most primary and metastatic brain tumors require radiation treatment. A radiation oncologist will discuss with you and your family the alternatives, benefits and potential downsides of radiation treatment. Besides conventional radiation, we offer intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and stereotactic radiosurgery.
- Rehabilitation. The Mount Sinai Department of Rehabilitation Medicine provides state-of-the art facilities for inpatients and outpatients focused specifically on the needs of brain tumor patients, such as motor, speech, and cognitive skills.
- Spiritual counseling. Mount Sinai offers two chapels for meditation and religious services. Chaplains representing all faiths and denominations are available to patients and their families.
- Brain and Spine Tumor Support Group The Mount Sinai Comprehensive Brain Tumor Program offers monthly support groups for patients, their families and caregivers. At these meetings we provide up-to-date treatment and diagnostic information and peer-to-peer support in a compassionate environment. Patients, families, and caregivers are invited to attend. Patients are welcome to share their experiences and gain information and insights on medical and emotional issues.