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This treatment guide serves to aid patients in determining what to expect before, during and after brain tumor treatment in the Stephen E. & Catherine Pappas Center for Neuro-Oncology.
Please bring all imaging, reports, medication and allergy list, list of any medical problems and past surgeries to your visit.
Your neurosurgeon will help you decide which surgery is right for you. You may have:
Biopsy: Removes tissue to make a diagnosis
Craniotomy: Removes part or the entire tumor. Also removes tissue to make a diagnosis.
A team of experts from the following fields are here to help you at any time: neurosurgery, neurology, oncology, radiation oncology, nursing, social work, case management, chaplaincy, physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy.
Go to Wang Ambulatory Care Center, Third Floor, Room 309. Bring a book to read and leave all valuables at home.
Surgery can last from a couple of hours to most of the day. Family can wait in the Gray Family Waiting Room for updates.
Before leaving the hospital, you will start taking several medications to help relieve pain. Keep in mind that the pain may still linger, but it will be much more subdued because of the medication.
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