Learning that you or a loved one may have a brain tumor can be a frightening and confusing experience. You need a team with expertise and compassion to guide you through decision-making, treatment and recovery.
At Lancaster General Health, we provide specialized brain tumor care right here in our local community. We are also connected to the Brain Tumor Center at Penn Medicine, a nationally recognized leader in brain tumor research and treatment.
We diagnose and treat all types of benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) brain tumors. We also have expertise treating metastatic cancer within the brain. Our specialists work with each patient to develop personalized treatment plans that include advanced medical and surgical options from craniotomy (removal of skull section to access the brain) to minimally invasive procedures. We also discuss any clinical trials that may be appropriate. Patients in clinical trials receive either the best treatment currently known for their specific cancer, or a new and possibly more effective therapy.
Our Experienced Team
Our team includes medical oncologists, nurse navigators, radiation oncologists, and neurosurgeons, including Kristine Dziurzynski, MD, a highly trained neurosurgeon who has a deep passion for brain tumor care. She is fellowship trained in skull-base surgery, neurosurgical oncology, and brain tumor immunology.
Types of Brain Tumors
A brain tumor forms from an abnormal growth of cells in the brain or from cells that spread to the brain from other parts of the body:
- A primary brain tumor starts with an abnormal brain cell and grows in the brain.
- A metastatic (secondary) tumor starts as a cancer in another part of the body (such as the lungs or breast) and then spreads to the brain, where it forms a new tumor.
We provide innovative surgical and non-surgical options for brain tumors of all types, including:
- Acoustic neuroma
- Cranial- or skull-based
- Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM)
- Medulloblastoma (adult)
- Primary CNS Lymphoma (PCNSL)
Advanced Treatment Options
We offer comprehensive brain tumor treatment options right in Lancaster.
Brain Tumor Surgery
The goal of brain tumor surgery is to remove as much of the tumor as possible without affecting normal brain function. Surgery also provides tissue for diagnosis. Our team will evaluate if direct brain surgery is needed or if less invasive treatments are an option. Even if the surgeon removes all the visible cancer at the time of the surgery, you may receive chemotherapy or radiation therapy to kill any cancer cells that are left. This reduces the risk that the cancer will come back.
- Advanced tumor visualization: Gleolan™ (aminolevulinic acid hydrochloride) is one of the newest tools approved for use in glioma surgery. Also called ALA HCI or 5-ALA, it is an optical imaging agent that highlights tumor cells with a bright pink-like color, making it easier for our neurosurgeons to target and remove tumor cells during surgery.
Our team uses advanced radiation technology, or high-energy X-rays, to kill brain cancer cells or keep them from growing.
- Stereotactic Radiosurgery is a non-surgical radiation therapy used to treat functional abnormalities and small tumors of the brain. It can deliver precisely targeted radiation in fewer high-dose treatments than traditional chemotherapy, helping preserve healthy tissue. Types of this technology include Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and CyberKnife®
Other Treatments Options
- Optune®, a wearable, portable, FDA-approved device that creates wave-like electric fields to treat a type of brain cancer called glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) in adult patients 22 years of age or older. The electric fields are able to slow down or even stop tumor cells from dividing, and my even destroy them.
- Chemotherapy is a cancer treatment that uses drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. It can be used alone or in combination with surgery and/or radiation therapy.
Brain Tumor Support Group
We host Brain Tumor Support Group to provide support and education for anyone diagnosed with a brain tumor or affected by a loved one's experience with the condition.
We offer the group at two times and locations on the third Thursday of each month:
Cancer Treatment Support
Our compassionate and experienced oncology support team at the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute provides care, guidance, education, and emotional support to empower patients and families. We offer resources and tools to help you address the physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges that often accompany a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Learn more about our cancer support services here.