Stephen E. and Catherine Pappas Center
Brain Tumor Program
Stephen E. and Catherine Pappas Center for Neuro-Oncology
Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care
Boston, MA 02114
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OverviewThe Stephen E. and Catherine Pappas Center for Neuro-Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital cares for adult patients with tumors of the nervous system as well as neurologic complications of cancer.
Our multidisciplinary group of brain, spine and nerve cancer experts will develop and implement an integrated, care plan personalized for each patient. Depending on the stage and other characteristics of a patient’s cancer, treatment may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or a combination of these therapies. Many clinical trials are also offered through our program.
In addition to our neurosurgeons, the staff at the Pappas Center includes:
- Radiation oncologists
- Oncology nurses and nurse practitioners
- Oncology psychiatrists, social workers and chaplains
- Oncology nutritionists
- Palliative care providers
Excellence in Surgical Care
Our surgeons have extensive experience treating brain tumors while minimizing damage to surrounding structures. Advanced surgical techniques include:
- Image-guided neurosurgery
- Intraoperative MRI and CT imaging
- Brachytherapy, radiotherapy implants placed at tumor margins to enhance tumor destruction
- Microsurgery, operating on tiny structures through a microscope, often used for cranial base tumors
- Endoscopic cranial base surgery, a noninvasive way to remove tumors through natural openings such as the nasal passages
A Full Range of Treatments
We offer the full spectrum of conventional care as well as promising new therapies to ensure patients get the best treatment possible. Available services include:
- Advanced imaging technologies (MRI, functional MRI, PET/CT scans) give surgeons a detailed view of the affected area
- Neuro-oncology for non-surgical treatment using chemotherapy, immunotherapy, angiogenesis inhibitors, and targeted therapies
- Advanced radiation therapies such as proton beam therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), intensity-modulation radiation therapy (IMRT), and 3-D conformal radiation
- Clinical trials that give patients access to experimental therapies and leading-edge treatment techniques.
Road to recovery after brain tumor surgery
Jane noticed she was leaning towards the left when driving her car which she attributed to clumsiness, however, after a series of incidents she pursued medical attention which identified a brain tumor that was the cause of her symptoms. Jane immediately reached out to Massachusetts General Hospital.
A Brain Tumor Diagnosis Led Simeon Moses to Mass General, Where Hope and Friendship Flourished
Simeon Moses is a father, a husband, and lawyer. His infectious energy was dimmed by his insomnia as he was kept awake by excruciating headaches. Simeon was unable to sleep more than three hours at a time. His neurologist referred him to a headache specialist, who found a brain tumor.
Removing a Brain Tumor and Restoring a Lifestyle
Janis Clouthier is an outgoing, active person who loves celebrating holidays with her family and spending time outside. Her family knew something was wrong when she would suddenly start falling asleep or run out of energy for no apparent reason.
Christine's Story: Removing A Tricky Meningioma
Christine Zinke was visiting family in Germany when she first noticed a strange sensation in her head. She felt like she had a tight headband on all the time. At first, her primary care doctor suggested it could be a sinus infection, but when treatment and time didn't help, she saw a neurologist.
Lauren's Neurosurgery Story: How a Team of Specialists is Cracking the Code on Complicated Conditions
For years, Lauren Crowley felt like she had to be her own medical detective, researching answers to her questions and trying to solve the puzzle of why she felt such unusual symptoms, such as a tingling sensation in a section of her face when she applies makeup.
Meet Our Neurosurgical Brain Tumor Team:
- Department of Neurosurgery
- Department of Neurosurgery
- Chief, Neurosurgery Service, Mass General
- William and Elizabeth Sweet Professor of Neurosurgery Harvard Medical School
- Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
- Neurosurgical Director of the Proton Beam Radiosurgery Program
- Brain Tumor Surgeon
- Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
- Associate Director, Brain Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy
- Co-Director, Mass General Neuroscience
- Director of Neurosurgical Oncology
- Director, Center for Brain Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy
- Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Harvard Medical School
- Neurosurgical Oncology / Brain Tumor Surgeon / MGH Brain Tumor Center
- Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
- Director, MGH Neurosurgery Residency Program
- Department of Neurosurgery
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