The typical flow of events for a patient will be:
- Upon referral to our center (which can be initiated by your doctor or by yourself), we will determine if you should see one of our neurosurgeons or one of our neuro-oncologists.
- Typically, you can be seen within 1 to 3 business days, based on the urgency and your level of concern. On rare occasions, the appointment may not be possible for 1 to 2 weeks.
- After seeing our physician and after reviewing your radiologic scans (MRI, CT), a treatment plan will be discussed with you. Sometimes, additional studies will be needed. Sometimes, you will be eligible for a clinical trial.
- If the treatment plan involves neurosurgery, you will be informed of the benefits versus the risks and a date for surgery will be scheduled. Typically, surgeries will be within 7 to 14 days, based on level of urgency. You can also request to think about the options and return with further questions or e-mail your doctor later with questions.
- The day of surgery, you will be admitted to the hospital where a new MRI scan may be obtained. This MRI is used for the surgery. After that you will be brought to the operating room area for your brain surgery. After the surgery, you will go to the recovery room or the neurosciences intensive care unit.
- After surgery, your family will be able to see you within a few hours. The final pathologic diagnosis on tissue obtained from your brain tumor surgery is usually available within one week.
- Once the diagnosis is obtained, you may or may not need additional treatment such as radiation or chemotherapy, you may or may not need life-long screening with MRIs and you may or may not need additional procedures and tests. These decisions are based on the final pathology. We will review your treatment options with you and, in fact, you will probably discuss these with several members of our team.