Prior to your initial visit, our office will work with you to collect all pertinent brain or spine imaging (MRI and/or CT scans), pathology reports, and medical notes, as available.
At your visit, one of our subspecialty-trained neuro-oncologists will review your medical tests and history with you and discuss your diagnosis and treatment options. Other members of our treatment team, which includes neuro-oncology nurse practitioners and postdoctoral fellows and residents, may also be present and take part is these discussions.
Follow-up visits are arranged with one of our neuro-oncologists or nurse practitioners, or both, depending on each patient’s specific needs. Please rest assured that ample time is provided to address all of your questions and concerns, whether at the initial or follow-up visits. In general, please expect to spend at least 60-90 minutes for your initial visit and 40-60 minutes for follow-ups.
Referrals to our neurosurgery, radiation oncology, and other multidisciplinary team members will be coordinated and expedited, as warranted.
Patients who visit our center may also benefit from the social services offered by our licensed clinical social worker, who is available to meet with patients and families after appointments or at a separate time to provide support, referrals, and guidance on the following:
- Navigating healthcare systems
- Questions regarding disability
- Referral for legal services
- Home health services
- Late stage planning including understanding advanced directives and guidance in placement process
- Supportive counseling
If applicable and available to you, our neuro-oncologists can also discuss specific clinical trial options, in conjunction with our team of clinical research coordinators and research nurses.
Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or our Neurology Health Library for more information about brain and spinal tumors, including more detailed information about what to expect at your visit.