At the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Brain Tumor Center, a team of doctors and other health care professionals works together to provide the most effective and safest treatment possible for patients with metastatic brain tumors.
The main members of the brain tumor care team are:
- Neurosurgeons — doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors and other disorders of the nervous system
- Nurses or physician assistants — health care professionals who practice medicine under the supervision of physicians and surgeons — in the Department of Neurology & Neurosurgery
Other members of the core treatment team usually include:
- Neuro-oncologists — doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors
- Neuroradiologists — doctors who specialize in imaging the brain and nervous system
- Oncologists — doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer
- Ophthalmologists — eye doctors
- Pathologists — doctors who identify brain tumors by studying cells and tissues under a microscope
- Radiation oncologists — doctors who specialize in the use of radiation therapy to treat cancer
Team members within the Department of Neurology & Neurosurgery:
Other members of the metastatic brain tumor care team
Other doctors and health care professionals with special expertise in metastatic brain tumors may also be part of the brain tumor care team. These could include:
- Surgical oncology specialists
- Critical care doctors and nurses
- Physical and occupational therapists
- Speech language pathologists
The specific doctors and health care professionals involved depend on the patient’s metastatic brain tumor(s), symptoms and treatment.
Social workers will also help coordinate care after the patient leaves the hospital.