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A brain tumour is a form of cancer – a mass of abnormal cells growing in and around the brain. The tumour can be either benign, which has less risk and will grow slowly, or it can be malignant, which means it's growing rapidly and will spread throughout all of the brain's tissue. Primary brain tumours originate in the brain while secondary tumours are caused by a cancer that's travelled from another part of the body (such as breast and lung cancer).
The Toronto Western Hospital has a renowned surgical neuro-oncology program, which directly links with the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre at UHN. Our neurosurgeons can diagnose and provide surgical treatment for patients with brain tumours, while our team members at the
Gerry and Nancy Pencer Brain Tumour Centre at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre provide cancer care for patients who don't need surgery.
Acoustic Neuroma This is a benign slow growing tumour of the nerve that connects the ear to the brain.
Meningioma This cancer originates in the protective membranes around the brain and spinal cord.
Medulloblastoma These are tumours formed from poorly developed cells at a very early stage of their life and are more common in children.
Oligodendroglioma This type originates in cells that protect the nerve cells in the brain.
Outpatient Craniotomy This gold standard of surgical care was pioneered at Toronto Western Hospital by world renowned neurosurgeon, Dr. Mark Bernstein. It allows surgeons to remove the tumour while preserving healthy brain tissue. After an evaluation period following surgery, patients finish their recovery at home the same day.
Gamma Knife This is a sophisticated radiation tool that can target areas of the brain with amazing accuracy. Beams of gamma radiation deliver single doses of therapy with the precision of less than 1mm. The exposure is brief and only the tissue being treated receives a significant radiation dose, while the surrounding tissue remains unharmed. The Krembil Brain Institute is home to the
Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gamma Knife Centre.
Neuro-oncology bridges two world-class programs at UHN: Neuroscience and Oncology. Our partnership with Princess Margaret Cancer Centre's
brain tumour clinic and
neuropathology brings together the best clinicians, clinician-scientists, nurses, nurse-clinicians and other support personnel for patients. We care for 200 patients with newly diagnosed primary nervous system tumours, and a thousand with secondary nervous system tumours each year. We are a national and international referral center for patients with nervous system tumours and complications of malignancy.
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Our team of neurosurgeons at the
Krembil Brain Institute has pioneered some of the surgical skills used around the world to treat patients with brain tumours.
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Please bring the following to your appointment. Not all of these items may be needed for your appointment. Our clinic or your referring doctor will let you know what you must bring.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment.
When you arrive, you will sign in with the receptionist. You will need your health card (OHIP card) to sign-in. If you do not have an OHIP card, please bring another form of government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.
You may be given a Measuring Health Equity Questionnaire to fill out. This form contains questions about your background. We collect this information to find out who we serve and what unique needs you may have. The form is voluntary and you can choose ‘prefer not to answer’ to any or all questions. However, the information you choose to give us will help us improve the quality of care for you and others.
First appointments take longer than follow-up appointments. Your first appointment can take 2 hours or more. Follow-up appointments usually take 15 to 30 minutes. We do everything we can to stay on time but sometimes unforeseen circumstances may delay your appointment.
At the end of your first appointment, the nurse or doctor will give you a contact list for your health care team. If you don’t get a contact list, feel free to ask for it.
After every appointment, a member of your health care team will tell you about your next visit. Be sure you understand what is going to happen next. For example, know the time and place of your next visit or if someone will call you with this information.
If you are unsure about what your next steps are, don’t be afraid to ask a member of your team. We are here to help you.
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