The neuro-oncology fellow will benefit from:
- The large number of primary brain tumor patients (over 500 new patients annually), providing unparalleled opportunity for intensive and diverse experience in clinical care issues
- Elective one- to two-month rotations with pain and palliative care, pediatric neuro-oncology, radiation therapy and other oncologic subspecialties, if the fellow is interested in broadening his/her experience in such related fields
- Exposure to a rich variety of consultative neuro-oncology referrals including patients undergoing treatment with novel investigational agents
- Exposure to a variety of clinical research protocols for primary and secondary neurological malignancies
The Brain and Spine Center provides multidisciplinary clinic facilities for neuro-oncology, neurosurgery and radiation oncology, supported by neuropathology and neuro-radiology. The center has active interactions with the Sections of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology, Palliative Care and Symptom Management, Anesthesia Pain Service, Neuropsychology and Social Work.
Chemotherapy is typically administered in a centralized Ambulatory Treatment Center, which provides expert care and monitoring in bed and chair units. For some Phase I or II studies that require time-sensitive pharmacokinetic studies, the Clinical-Translational Research Center provides full phlebotomy and laboratory services as well as outstanding nursing care.
Neuro-Oncology and Neurosurgery inpatients are cared for on a 32-bed neuro inpatient unit, but neurology consultations may be required in any of the other units of this 512-bed hospital.