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Brain Cancer & Tumor Surgery

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center surgical oncologists are experts in advanced methods to remove cancerous (malignant) and noncancerous (benign) tumors. 

We work with neurosurgeons at UPMC's Department of Neurosurgery to treat:

The surgical team uses advanced:

  • Computerized image guidance systems
  • Endoscopes
  • Other minimally invasive brain and spine surgical techniques

Minimally Invasive Surgery for Brain Cancer

Over the past two decades, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center's neurosurgical oncologists have pioneered and refined minimally invasive surgical techniques, including:

  • Neuroendoport® surgery — neurosurgeons use an endoscope, through a clear tubular port, to access deep regions of the brain.
  • Awake craniotomies — during surgery, patients are awake so the neurosurgical team can map areas of motor and speech before tumor removal. This allows neurosurgeons to remove more of the tumor and lessen damage to healthy tissue, since they can track critical functions.

These procedures allow access to tumors once thought unresectable, such as tumors:

  • Deep within the brain.
  • In areas with vital brain functions.

Your surgeon will discuss your options with you after a thorough review of your diagnosis.

Surgical treatment of brain and nervous system cancer often goes hand-in-hand with medical oncology or radiation for greater results.

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery for Brain and Spine Tumors

Compared to traditional, open neurosurgery, minimally invasive methods can offer:

  • Fewer side effects and complications
  • Less discomfort
  • Quicker recovery times
  • Shorter hospital stays

People often leave the hospital within a few days after surgery with few — if any — lingering side effects.

And, people with brain, spine, or nervous system cancer can start follow-up chemotherapy or radiation therapy quickly. This gives the drugs a chance to work before the tumor potentially returns.

Contact Us About Brain and Nervous System Cancer Surgery

Call 412-647-2811 to make an appointment for brain and nervous system cancer care at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center.

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UPMC Department of Neurosurgery

UPMC neurosurgeons use sophisticated minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat brain and nervous system tumors.

Visit the UPMC Department of Neurosurgery website.
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