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Neuro-Oncology is a sub specialty of oncology that deals with the study and treatment of primary and secondary tumors of brain, spinal cord and the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord (meninges).
Neuro-oncologists are specialists who are involved in the treatment and management of primary, metastatic central and peripheral nervous system neoplasms, neurologic complications of cancer and other related disorders. Neuro-oncologists work closely with neurosurgeons, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists.
The course of treatment for patients with neural cancers is relatively complicated as it involves the brain and the spinal cord, two major units of the human body. The following common types of treatments are used to treat patients with a neural cancer: –
Neural Tumors can be bifurcated into primary tumors and metastatic tumors.
A Neuro-oncologist is responsible for the treatment of brain tumors and other types of tumors of the nervous system. He/she works in conjunction with a neuro physician, medical oncologist and a radiation oncologist to offer the best possible treatment.
The role of a neuro-oncologist involves: –