In addition to conventional treatments, the Rose Ella Burkhardt Brain Tumor Center also offers innovative, investigational brain tumor treatment such as:
- small molecule therapies
- growth modifier treatment
- convection enhanced delivery of immunotoxins treatment
As research continues to enhance our understanding of the molecular makeup of tumors, small molecule drugs that target specific molecular pathways in tumors will play an increasingly important role in brain tumor treatment. The introduction of these small molecule therapies and the routine use of molecular and chromosomal testing helps to guide individual patient management. This approach to patient care puts the Rose Ella Burkhardt Brain Tumor Center at the forefront of individualized care and molecular management of brain and spine cancer.
If you or a loved one are being treated for a brain tumor, you may notice some difficulty with cognitive function during treatment. Whether those changes are subtle or are having a dramatic impact on your day-to-day life, you are not alone.
Cognitive symptoms are one of the most common problems that brain tumor patients experience. More than 90 percent of all people are affected at some point during their treatment. That is why Cleveland Clinic has integrated neuropsychology services into the care we offer at the Rose Ella Burkhardt Brain Tumor & Neuro-Oncology Center.
At Cleveland Clinic, our neuropsychology services can screen patients at the time of brain tumor diagnosis and again at regular intervals during treatment. This approach helps us sort out many factors that can play a role in any resulting cognitive symptoms, including:
- The presence of the brain tumor itself
- Side effects of treatment (surgery, radiation, chemotherapy)
- Emotional stress
- Fatigue, anemia, metabolic syndrome
- Other co-existing conditions that may occur (dementia, stroke)
Once the underlying cause of the cognitive symptoms has been determined, our team can discuss the most effective treatment strategy. Options may include:
- Medications to enhance attention, memory or mood
- Rehabilitation or other therapy
- Ongoing cognitive monitoring
Studies show that neuropsychology plays a critical role in evaluating the effectiveness of brain tumor treatments. In some studies, cognitive data has been shown to be more sensitive in detecting tumor progression than MRI imaging.