Medical Specialties

At the Center for Neurosciences, we work together across specialties to provide the best, most comprehensive approach to treatment.

Brain Tumor Center

Human Brain

The Center for Neurosciences Brain Tumor Center focuses on the individualized treatment of tumors of the brain and spinal cord.  Our use of medical therapy, in conjunction with advanced surgical and radiation techniques, has made our Brain Tumor Center a regional center of excellence.

The successful diagnosis and management of tumors depends on the collaborative effort of several different specialties including neurosurgery, radiation oncology, neuro-oncology, neuropathology and neuroradiology.  Our interdisciplinary team conducts weekly meetings devoted entirely to reviewing the progress of patients with tumors.  This ensures each patient has the most innovative and effective treatment plan.  We then work with each patient to help them fully understand the risks and benefits of the recommended treatment.


The Center for Neurosciences is home to Southern Arizona’s only Neuro-Oncologist, who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of brain and spinal cord tumors.  Treatment may include chemotherapy, surgery, radiation or a combination.  Our Neuro-Oncologist works closely with the team to identify and provide the best possible treatment for each patient.


Initial treatment for most brain tumors is surgery.  Our five neurosurgeons all frequently perform craniotomies, in which the tumor is removed through an opening in the skull.  In cases where the tumor is located near the areas of the brain that control language or motor function, a craniotomy may be done while the patient is awake.

Radiation Oncology

In close collaboration with University Medical Center (UMC), we offer sophisticated technology for the radiation treatment of tumors of the brain and spinal cord.  For some tumors, radiosurgery, in which a focused beam of radiation destroys cancer cells without cutting into the brain, may be an option.  The Novalis Shaped Beam Unit, housed at UMC, allows pinpoint delivery of radiation to the tumor.

External Imaging Review

Our Brain Tumor Center offers External Imaging Review for anyone diagnosed with a brain or spinal cord tumor. This External Imaging Review is intended to provide a second opinion regarding the treatment of tumors.

Clinical Research Program

Our team of highly trained specialists is dedicated to finding cures and is committed to the compassionate care of patients with brain and spinal cord tumors.  We work with our patients to ensure they have access to the most promising experimental treatments.

To view an animated informational video on brain tumors and on craniotomy, please visit our video library.