The Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute brings together transformative research and patient-centered care to improve the lives of patients today and those of generations to come.
Peter O'Donnell Jr. Brain Institute
The Neuro-Oncology Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center offers comprehensive, patient-centered treatment of cancers of the brain and spinal cord, as well as cancer-related neurological disorders.
UT Southwestern’s Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center – the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in North Texas – provides the most advanced treatments available for brain and spinal cord tumors, as well as a wide range of patient-care services. Our team of physicians and support staff is devoted to the health and well-being of each patient, blending leading-edge cancer research with the best of conventional cancer care to provide the best possible outcomes.
World-Class Care for Optimal Outcomes
Neuro-oncologists at UT Southwestern specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of malignant tumors of the brain and spinal cord, as well as tumors and other cancer-related neurological disorders of the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. These conditions include:
- Brain tumors
- Choroid plexus tumors
complications of cancer
- Pineal gland
- Primary central
nervous system (CNS) lymphomas
- Spinal cord tumors (primary and metastatic)
UT Southwestern takes an integrated, team-based approach to each patient, bringing together physicians and other health care providers from several fields, such as:
- Neurological surgery
- Radiation oncology
- Rehabilitation medicine
- Social work
UT Southwestern is equipped with the latest tools to diagnose cancers of the brain, central nervous system, and peripheral nervous system.
The rapid advancement of imaging techniques and technologies has enabled our specialists to determine the location, shape, and size of brain and spinal cord tumors with an unprecedented level of precision.
Imaging services include:
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): The Mary Nell and Ralph B. Rogers
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Center provides state-of-the-art MRI and
spectroscopy services for our patients with cancer.
- Positron emission tomography (PET): This scanning technique enables imaging
of metabolic processes occurring in the body and brain. Besides providing a
valuable tool for early detection and diagnosis of cancer, PET also provides a
way to predict whether tumors will respond to various forms of cancer treatment
and can help physicians measure how responsive tumor cells have been to
UT Southwestern’s MRI and PET facilities are among the most advanced in the nation and enable us to provide patients with the best possible medical care.
Treatment for neurologic cancers or cancer-related conditions can include diagnostic imaging, surgery, stereotactic and conventional radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. Physicians formally meet once a week to discuss each patient’s condition, determine the best treatment approaches, and coordinate the ensuing care.
Our clinicians and researchers are nationally recognized leaders in the development and use of radiation therapies to precisely target brain and spinal cord tumors while sparing surrounding tissues.
The Neuro-Oncology Program is sponsored in part by the Annette G. Strauss Center for Neuro-Oncology, whose focus is basic-science and clinical research that will improve treatments for patients with tumors of the central nervous system.
Through UT Southwestern’s membership in the North American Brain Tumor Consortium sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, patients can participate in innovative clinical trials aimed at advancing our knowledge of the diagnosis and treatment of neurological tumors. These trials sometimes enable patients to receive superior therapies with fewer side effects, often years before they become available to the public.
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Fort Worth, Texas 76104 817-882-2400