Neuro-Oncology Care Team
The Neuro-Oncology Care Team at the University of Virginia seeks to offer patients with brain tumors and their families a full spectrum of innovative, advanced treatments within a coordinated, team-based approach dedicated to maximizing quality of life. The team focuses on brain and spinal cord tumors, including glioblastoma and other gliomas, primary central nervous system lymphoma, and metastases. They are also expert in managing the neurologic complications of cancer and its treatment. The team of neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, neuropathologists, nurses, social workers, clinical psychologists, nutritionists, educators, and others, works to care for patients, to achieve higher cure rates and longer survival, and to chart the course of treatment for patients. Clinical trials are critical to finding better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat brain tumors, and are an important part of the Cancer Center, enabling us to move basic scientific research from the laboratory into actual treatments that help patients.
In addition to treating a patient's medical needs, the Neuro-Oncology Team assesses and treats problems, such as changes in memory, speech, personality or emotions, resulting from the tumor or treatment. The team also helps with related difficulties such as re-entering the job force, school issues, disability, health-insurance concerns or psychological distress. The team seeks to draw from the collective experience of experts to create a multidisciplinary plan of care that is uniquely tailored to the patient.
The Neuro-Oncology Team is part of the& University of Virginia Cancer Center, which is a highly ranked National Cancer Institute designated Cancer Center.