We cover all of the components critical to successfully managing patients with brain tumors, including comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis, genomic profiling of the tumor, leading edge treatment options, follow-up and psychosocial support. We welcome newly diagnosed patients as well as those who have already received extensive treatment elsewhere, along with patients in need of second surgeries or follow-up biopsies. We work closely with other Yale Medicine brain tumor doctors to provide a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach that is patient focused.
Our brain tumor surgeons offer vast experience in the diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors. Our surgeons have expertise with advanced microsurgical techniques, including the use of intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring and awake craniotomy (when appropriate), aimed at achieving the maximum extent of tumor removal while preserving neurological function. The use of image-guided stereotactic techniques and intraoperative ultrasound, MRI, and angiography, allows our surgeons to remove the maximum amount of tumor as safely as possible. Often, what is often deemed "inoperable" by some surgeons is considered operable at Yale with successful outcomes. We are the only hospital in the region to have MRI and angiography capabilities in our operating room. Similarly we are the only hospital to bank all tumor samples and perform genomic profiling to better understand the mutations in the tumor. We use this information to help direct post-surgical therapy.
Inquiries from referring physicians or directly from patients or their families are welcome. All inquiries are handled expeditiously by our team of experienced patient coordinators. Their role includes ensuring that appropriate appointments are made in a timely fashion. New patients with brain tumors are usually seen within two or three days. Our patient coordinators also act as patient advocates, communicating with the various medical specialists contributing to the treatment plan. Physicians of our Brain Tumor Program maintain a close working relationship with physicians practicing in the community. Referring physicians receive regular reports on diagnostic findings and treatment recommendations for their patient.