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Brain and Spinal Tumors - UNITY

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Brain tumors and other brain disorders require an innovative, personalized approach to care to achieve the best possible treatment outcomes. Saint Thomas Health developed the UNITY System to provide this type of care.

The UNITY System is a fully integrated neurosurgical center that brings together a team of brain specialists for every patient. It is one of only a few such centers in the United States.

Through the UNITY System, neurosurgeons and other neurological specialists use technology to create a virtual operating room where the entire team can view the brain and participate in surgery. This approach offers greater precision during surgery, allowing the team to work together in real-time to identify and deliver the right care. Patients who benefit from the UNITY System often return home faster and with a better quality of life than those in traditional neurosurgery programs.  

What is a brain tumor? What is a spinal tumor?  

A tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue in the body. Some tumors are benign, or non-cancerous, while others are malignant, or cancerous. We treat many different types of brain and spinal tumors at Saint Thomas Health, as well as a range of other disorders, diseases and diagnoses, including:
  • AVM (arterial/venous malformation)
  • Cavernous malformation
  • Glioblastomas (GBM)
  • Oligodendroma
  • Astrocytoma
  • Meningioma
  • Hemangioma
  • Acousitc Neuroma
  • Pituitary macro/micro-adenoma
  • Metastatic lesions to brain/spine
  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Trigeminal neuralgia


How are brain tumors treated? How are spinal tumors treated?

Patients with a brain or spinal tumor may need radiation, surgery or both. The UNITY System approach to care offers patients more alternatives and less invasive treat options for brain and spine tumors.




Radiation Oncology Program

We are one of the first centers in the United States to offer a combined treatment system that provides computerized 3D images that guide radiation oncologists and surgeons to target a tumor or lesion with pinpoint precision. This technology delivers high doses of radiation to the irregular edges and contours of the tumor without harming the surrounding areas of the body. Patients who benefit from this non-invasive technology generally have faster recovery times and fewer complications.  No incision is necessary and general anesthesia is not required for adults. Most patients can be treated on an outpatient basis.


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