Patients are able to see all of the specialists that will be needed in their care during one convenient visit to our weekly multi-disciplinary clinic. This allows patients to get the information and care they need in the most timely fashion possible, and provides an opportunity to talk with all of their doctors in the same setting, a rare but important chance to become absolutely confident they are receiving the best possible treatment based on their individual situation and needs.

Multidisciplinary clinic

Being diagnosed with a brain or spinal tumor can be emotionally very difficult. Getting highly specialized and comprehensive care for such tumors used to require travel to “bigger” medical centers away from northern Colorado, and potentially out of state.

At UCHealth’s new cancer center in northern Colorado, a group of physicians and health care providers with a special interest in brain and spine tumors have come together to create the multidisciplinary brain and spine tumor clinic of northern Colorado.

Patients are able to see all of the specialists that will be needed in their care during one convenient visit to our weekly multi-disciplinary clinic. This allows patients to get the information and care they need in the most timely fashion possible, and provides an opportunity to talk with all of their doctors in the same setting, a rare but important chance to become absolutely confident they are receiving the best possible treatment based on their individual situation and needs.

Modalities offered

We provide highly specialized treatment options, customized for each patient’s individual tumor and needs, while providing comprehensive support to the patient and their family. These include:

Neurosurgery

  • Complex brain tumor surgery
  • Neuromonitoring
  • Complex skull base surgery
  • Endoscopic brain tumor and skull base surgery
  • Image guided neuronavigation
  • Awake surgeries for cortical mapping
  • Complex spine surgery
  • Cranial and spinal reconstruction surgery
  • Fluorescence guided tumor surgery

 

Radiation oncology

  • Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) with our advanced TrueBeam STX
  • Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT)
  • Image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) and intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT)

 

Medical oncology

  • Nationally approved chemotherapy options
  • Novocure
  • Oral therapeutics

 

Clinical research

  • Trials provide access to innovative drugs and vaccines years before they are widely available.

 

Support

  • Brain tumor support group
  • Counseling and neuro-psychological support
  • Nurse navigators
  • Case managers for social and financial support counseling

 

Weekly conference

  • The cases of all new and follow-up patients are reviewed in detail each week by our expert multi-disciplinary team of specialists to determine the best course of management. This academic model with real-time, expert discussion allows our team to match each patient with the most state-of-the-art management approach and facilitates allowing seamless coordination of care among our specialists and supportive services.

 

Conditions we treat

This clinic will help patients with the following conditions:

  • Malignant brain tumors (including glioma, metastases, and other)
  • Benign brain tumors (including meningioma, pituitary adenoma, acoustic neuroma, and other)
  • Malignant spine tumors (including metastases, plasmacytoma, sarcoma, and other)
  • Benign spine tumors
  • Functional disorders, such as trigeminal neuralgia and atypical facial pain