Neuro-Oncology Center

The Center for Neuro-Oncology at Stony Brook University Medical Center is a collaborative effort amongst our neurology, neurosurgery, pathology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, and neuroradiology experts. We provide complete care for primary and metastatic brain and spinal cord tumors, skull base tumors, pituitary tumors, tumors of the nerve sheath as well as neurological complications of cancer. We are proud to offer the best outpatient and inpatient care for our patients utilizing the most technologically advanced diagnostic and treatment options.

We understand that the possibility of a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming and cause anxiety. That's why we strive to provide a helping hand and a comfortable environment for you and your family.

Our multidisciplinary approach is unique and increases your chances of successful treatment. Over the course of your first three to four weeks with us, you will have a series of diagnostic tests such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans so we can evaluate your specific case and gain a deep understanding of your situation. As part of evaluating your case, you may undergo a scan and a biopsy, where we remove a cell sample for analysis. You may then see physicians from multiple specialties, including neurosurgery, neurology, and radiation oncology. Together, they will map out a treatment plan tailored to your needs and best outcomes.

Team of Specialists
A team of specialists will review your medical record, images, and reports using specially designed planning software to determine the most appropriate treatment plan you.

A treatment plan may include a combination of medication, surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Radiation uses ionizing radiation, a form of targeted energy, to destroy cancer cells. We offer stereotactic radiosurgery, which delivers a specialized, highly precise type of radiation to brain tumors during a non-invasive procedure. We use a state-of-the-art linear accelerator-based system called LINAC.

A machine called a Microselectron is sometimes used for internal radiotherapy. It delivers radiotherapy more quickly than other methods, so the treatment lasts for only a few minutes and you can go home the same day.

This technique has high success rates with both benign and cancerous tumors and in patients with more than one tumor or condition. Minimally invasive procedures like these are based on image guidance and tiny incisions, and are often preferred to open surgeries, as they reduce pain, recovery time, and the risk of infection and complication. At Stony Brook University Medical Center, we offer both approaches.

linear accelerator room
Our state-of-the-art linear accelerator room
External beam radiation therapy
External beam radiation therapy, the most common form of radiation therapy, delivers full dose radiation to the tumor and surrounding tissue.

Chemotherapy is another cornerstone of cancer treatment, and involves the administration of liquid cancer-fighting drugs through your veins (known as intravenous). We offer the most advanced therapies, including intracarotid (through the carotid artery in the neck) cisplatin, which has been extremely effective for our patients. Our chemotherapy suite is equipped with comfortable recliners, large-screen TVs, and a friendly, caring staff of nurses. Someone is always available to answer questions or simply to talk.

At Stony Brook University Medical Center, we value research highly. It contributes to the advancement of the field, and gives qualified patients access to the most cutting-edge treatment options. As a patient here, you may have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of clinical trials, offering you a therapeutic potential not available elsewhere.

We value education as well, and offer you and your family a variety of support groups, facilitated meetings, and reading materials covering many topics, including diet and nutrition. Our physicians are involved in training the neuro-oncology physicians of the future and as expert academicians, they are invited to give lectures frequently at medical institutions across the country. Our goal is to empower you to be an active partner in your care and understand all aspects of your condition.

We offer diagnosis and treatment for all benign and malignant tumors of neurological origin, including brain, brain stem, spinal cord, nerve sheath, and pituitary gland. We utilize a variety of diagnostic tools, including:

Medical and Physical Therapy

  • Neurological exam;

  • X-ray;

  • Myelogram;

  • Ultrasound;

  • Angiogram;

  • Computed tomography (CT);

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI);

  • Positron emission tomography (PET); and

  • Biopsy, including stereotactic biopsy.

Your treatment may include a combination of the following approaches:

  • Supportive medication;

  • Radiation;

  • Stereotactic radiosurgery;

  • Endoscopic removal of skull base tumors;

  • Embolization of tumors;

  • Excision/resection of brain and spine tumors; and

  • Chemotherapy;

Your follow-up and continuing care may include:

  • Pain management;

  • Seizure management with board-certified epileptologists; and

  • Management of neurological complications of cancer, such as headaches and radiation necrosis.

Support services are an important component to your care during and after your stay with us. We encourage you and your family to participate in:

  • Support groups;

  • Facilitated discussions; and

  • Counseling.

We offer our patients tomorrow's treatments today through our many clinical trials. Our patients may elect to participate in ongoing, cutting-edge, clinical research trials that are being conducted at our institution. Participation in a clinical trial can provide patients with access to new research treatments before they are widely available. Click on the following website links to access more information on the current clinical trials offered at Stony Brook University Medical Center:

Office of Clinical Trials:

General Clinical Research Center (GCRC):

News and Advances

June 6, 2008
Cancer survivors day at Stony Brook

Awards and Accreditations

Commission on CancerSBUMC received full three-year accreditation by the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer as a Teaching Hospital Level Accredited Cancer Program for 2008 through 2011, and also earned the Commission on Cancer's Outstanding Achievement Award.