Neuro-Oncology

Overview

Tumors can develop in the central nervous system (CNS), which includes the brain and spinal cord. Patients with these tumor types are best treated in a multidisciplinary clinic setting. A team of neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, neuro-radiologists and physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists join together to create the UofL Physicians – Neuro-Oncology team and provide expert care in their fields. Every Thursday, our Neuro-Oncology team gathers for Tumor Board to discuss cases and determine best treatment options for the patients. Patients are then updated, as indicated based on the consensus of the Neuro-Oncology department, in order to proceed with the recommended treatment. This is the clinical approach we can provide at UofL Physicians – Neuro-Oncology, within the UofL Health – James Graham Brown Cancer Center’s Brain and Spine Tumor Clinic.

Our team has a wealth of experience evaluating and treating patients with primary and secondary tumors of the brain and spinal cord, and we use the latest techniques and modalities to provide the best care for our patients. The UofL Physicians – Neuro-Oncology team is dedicated to the delivery of excellent patient care via an integrated multidisciplinary approach. This philosophy is manifest in our patient-centered, collaborative approach to clinic care, our desire to develop novel treatments to improve patient survival and enhance quality of life. To achieve these goals, we see to improve our understanding of the biological basis of the diseases we treat through cutting-edge research and train future leaders in neuro-oncology. 

In addition to having investigator-initiated and industry-sponsored clinical research trials for primary and metastatic brain cancer, UofL Physicians – Neuro-Oncology is actively involved in clinical research as a member of the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group. As teachers and researchers at the UofL School of Medicine, our physicians are committed to clinical research and applying that in practice for patients to obtain their best chance of quality survival. Our physicians specialize in laser ablation, Cyberknife focused radiosurgery and Optune, a more advanced, non-invasive treatment method used for some newly diagnosed and recurrent gliomas.

To find a member of the UofL Physicians – Neuro-Oncology team, click on the Providers tab.

Diseases & Conditions

Each patient is discussed individually in our team’s weekly Neuro-Oncology conference. All treatment plans are developed at this multidisciplinary conference. Our goal is to use the most effective and minimally invasive treatment modality available for each patient and their specific case.  

  • Anaplastic astrocytoma
  • Anaplastic oligodendroglioma
  • Astrocytoma
  • Brain metastases
  • Central neurocytoma
  • Colloid cyst
  • Dysembryoplastic Neuroepithelial Tumor
  • Ependymoma
  • Ganglioglioma
  • Glioblastoma multiforme
  • Glioma
  • Meningioma
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma
  • Pinealoblastoma

Treatments & Services

Each patient is discussed individually in our team’s weekly Neuro-Oncology conference. All treatment plans are developed at this multidisciplinary conference. Our goal is to use the most effective and minimally invasive treatment modality available for each patient and their specific case.  

Surgical

  • Biopsy for diagnosis– open or endoscopic/stereotactic
  • Open and awake craniotomy for tumor resection for tumors in eloquent, or near-eloquent, areas
  • Surgical resection
  • Laser ablation for recurrence or difficult to ACCESS locations—the only facility to offer this in the region

Radiation

  • Radiotherapy
  • Cyberknife focused radiation– the only facility to offer this in the region

Medical

  • Chemotherapy, both conventional and experimental options
  • Optune
    • Formerly the NovoTTF™-100A System, Optune is approved for treatment of recurrent Glioblastoma, the most common and aggressive type of malignant brain tumor in adults. Optune is a portable, non-invasive anti-mitotic device designed for continuous use throughout the day by the patient.
    • Studies show the device slows tumor growth by inhibiting division of cancer cells. And it is a more advanced, non-invasive treatment than chemotherapy.

Rehabilitation

  • Frazier Rehabilitation Center
  • Dr. Megan Nelson is the Neuro-Oncology Department’s Cancer Rehabilitation specialist, dedicated to providing personalized care to patients and families in an innovative way using the most advanced health care techniques.

Brain Tumor Support Group

UofL Health – James Graham Brown Cancer Center and UofL Physicians – Restorative Neurscience provide a free support group for patients, family and friends from 4-5 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at Crescent Hill Library. View the flyer.

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Alexandra S. Schaber, APRN

Specialty Areas: Neurosurgery | Neuro-Oncology | Cancer
Areas of Interest: Neuro-Oncology

Primary Practice Location

UofL Physicians – Neurosurgery
UofL Health - Frazier Rehabilitation Institute
220 Abraham Flexner Way, 12th Floor
Louisville, KY 40202
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Eyas Hattab, M.D.

Specialty Areas: Pathology | Neuro-Oncology
Areas of Interest:

Primary Practice Location

UofL Health – UofL Hospital
530 South Jackson Street,
Louisville, KY 40202
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Megan Nelson, M.D.

Specialty Areas: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation | Neuro-Oncology | Blood & Marrow Transplant Program | Cancer
Areas of Interest: Cancer Rehabilitation Medicine

Primary Practice Location

UofL Physicians – Neurosurgery
UofL Health - Frazier Rehabilitation Institute
220 Abraham Flexner Way, 12th Floor
Louisville, KY 40202
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Shiao Woo, M.D., FACR

Specialty Areas: Radiation Oncology | Neuro-Oncology | Cancer
Areas of Interest: Radiation Oncologist

Primary Practice Location

UofL Health – James Graham Brown Cancer Center
529 Jackson Street,
Louisville, KY 40202
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Emily P. Sieg, M.D.

Specialty Areas: Neurosurgery | Neuro-Oncology | Cancer | Spine Center
Areas of Interest: Neurotrauma Care | Neurocritical Care | Minimally Invasive & Complex Spine Surgery | Advanced Neuromonitoring

Primary Practice Location

UofL Physicians – Neurosurgery
UofL Health - Frazier Rehabilitation Institute
220 Abraham Flexner Way, 12th Floor
Louisville, KY 40202
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Joseph Neimat, M.D., M.S.

Specialty Areas: Neurosurgery | Neuro-Oncology | Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders | Epilepsy Center | Cancer
Areas of Interest: Functional Neurosurgery | Movement Disorders | Epilepsy Surgery | General Neurosurgery

Primary Practice Location

UofL Physicians – Neurosurgery
UofL Health - Frazier Rehabilitation Institute
220 Abraham Flexner Way, 12th Floor
Louisville, KY 40202

Accepted Insurance

UofL Physicians participates in most major health plans in Kentucky. Coverage may vary by specialty. Coverage limitations are dependent on the terms of your personal health plan. This is not a guarantee that all services you receive will be covered by your health plan. Review your health plan provider directory and/or consult with your plan to confirm coverage.

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