The New Jersey Neuroscience Institute (NJNSI) Brain Tumor Center was established in 1997. This center brought together experts with extensive training from all over the country to diagnose and treat adult and pediatric patients with tumors involving the nervous system.
The New Jersey Neuroscience Institute (NJNSI) Brain Tumor Center was established in 1997. This center brought together experts with extensive training from all over the country to diagnose and treat adult and pediatric patients with tumors involving the nervous system. These tumors may arise from the brain or spinal cord, or may spread to these areas from somewhere else in the body (for example, the lung, the breast, colon or skin).
For over a decade, this specialized team of physicians has been providing superior, state-of-the-art, comprehensive clinical care and support to patient’s who suffer from tumors of the central nervous system, and their families. This multidisciplinary team includes neuro-oncology, neurosurgery, pediatric neurosurgery, neuroradiology, radiation oncology, neuropathology, and nursing. In addition to this core team, the program incorporates other disciplines as well for the benefit of their patients. These specialties include hematology/oncology, neuro-ophthalmology (for visual problems), otoneurology (for balance, dizziness and hearing problems), epilepsy (for patients who suffer from seizure), JFK physical medicine and rehabilitation services, neuropsychology, adult and pediatric critical care specialists and support services.
NJNI provides advanced care for patients with a broad range of central nervous system tumors, including:
· Acoustic Neuromas (Vestibular Schwannomas)
· Anaplastic Astrocytomas & Oligodendrogliomas
· Carcinomatous Meningitis
· Cavernous Angiomas
· Colloid Cysts
· Ependymomas & Subependymomas
· Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM)
· Leptomeningeal Metastases
· Metastatic Brain Tumors
· Optic Nerve Gliomas
· Pineal Region Tumors
· Pituitary Tumors
· Skill Base Tumors
· Skill Tumors
· Spinal Cord Tumors
· Tumors of Neurofibromatosis
· Ventricular Tumors
This core team meets weekly at a Brain Tumor Board meeting, where a synopsis of each new patient’s history is presented and the pertinent imaging studies are reviewed. This occurs for patients diagnosed within the Institute or from a referring physician outside of the Institute. We also provide this service for patients who are self referred or wish a second opinion review of their films and records. This group, as a team, then formulates a “tailored for the patient” plan of treatment. Our center is the most comprehensive program for the diagnosis and management of brain and spinal tumors situated at a single site in the state of New Jersey. We are dedicated to out patients’ overall quality of life in addition to treating their specific tumor.
What should you know if you’re diagnosed with a brain or spinal tumor?
A patient diagnosed with a brain or spinal cord tumor should, if possible, seek out a facility with a formalized brain tumor program and a neuro-oncologist on staff. A specific treatment plan must be tailored to each individual. Some tumors do not need active treatment and may simply be followed with imaging studies. Other patients will need one or more of the combination of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.
Advanced Diagnostic Services
The presenting symptoms of a tumor are different for different individuals. Typically, a diagnosis is made because the patient develops new problems that cause them to go to a physician. Based on the history, and clinical examination, if one suspects a tumor of the central