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Brain Tumor and Skull Base Tumor Specialists

MetroHealth’s Brain Tumor Specialists offer expert care in diagnosis, surgical care and treatment of brain tumors, both benign and malignant (cancerous) in adults. When collaboration is key to a good outcome, turn to MetroHealth for a comprehensive approach. 

Our neurologists and neurosurgeons are specially trained to diagnose and treat patients with brain tumors and other types of tumors of the nervous system. 

All of our physicians are faculty members at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine.

To schedule an appointment:

Neurology: 216-778-3958 |  Neurosurgery: 216-778-8822 

Our brain tumor specialists treat complex tumors in the brain and in the skull. 

Brain tumors we treat:

  • Meningioma
  • Metastases - cancerous tumors that have spread to the brain from elsewhere in the body
  • Glioblastoma
  • Astrocytoma
  • Oligodendroglioma

Skull base tumors we treat:

  • Meningioma
  • Pituitary tumor
  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Metastases - cancerous tumors that have spread to the skull base from elsewhere in the body
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Chordoma
  • Dermoid tumor
  • Facial nerve tumor
  • Glomus tumor
  • Sinus and nasal cavity tumors

Spine Tumors

Leadership

Rodica Di Lorenzo, MD

Rodica Di Lorenzo, MD, Ph.D

After completing medical school at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany, Dr. DiLorenzo did a 2-year research fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Neurosciences and Neuro-Oncology, working on mouse models of traumatic brain injury and glioblastoma.

She then completed her Neurology Residency and Neuro-Oncology Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. DiLorenzo practices general neurology and has a dedicated neuro-oncology clinic at MetroHealth. Besides neuro-oncology, she has a special interest in cerebrovascular diseases (stroke).

Since joining MetroHealth in 2019, Dr. DiLorenzo has been the Medical Student Clerkship Director. She closely collaborates with her colleagues at the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals.

A Collaborative Approach for Each Patient’s Unique Needs

No two brain tumors are alike. Some tumors can be treated with surgery. Some tumors require surgery, then radiation or chemotherapy. We tailor each patient’s treatment to their specific needs.

Our team of  neurosurgeons and neurologists collaborate with various departments at MetroHealth to develop the right treatment plan for you.

If surgery is required, you will recover in our Neurocritical Care Unit or Critical Care Unit (NCCU). Your neurosurgeon and other specialists will care for you after surgery through recovery.

When It’s Cancer.  If your tumor is cancerous, your physicians will coordinate with The MetroHealth Cancer Center to guide you through diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

Our treatment goal is to make sure your cancer is caught early so that you have the best chance of recovery. We also continue to care for you after your cancer treatment is done, with continued support and cancer screenings. 

Collaborative care.  Because your tumor may affect how other parts of your body function, MetroHealth’s neurosciences team work to develop comprehensive treatment plans with experts in:

 

The Most Advanced Technology

MetroHealth’s neurologists and neurosurgeons use the most advanced approaches in caring for brain and skull base tumors.

  • Intra-operative navigation:  MetroHealth’s neuro-oncologists utilize intra-operative 3D imaging to deliver a fast and precise representation of your anatomy during surgery. Having this tool improves outcomes by making complex cases more effective, safe and accurate.
  • Immersive View: ImmersiveView Surgical Planning (IVSP™) generates precise Virtual Reality replicas of your anatomy from your own MRI and CT scans. This tool allows MetroHealth’s surgeons to rehearse the operative approach to complex surgeries before the actual surgery.
  • BrainPath® Neurosurgery System: MetroHealth is a BrainPath® Center, and our neurosurgeons utilize this minimally invasive approach to more easily navigate between the natural folds and neural structures in the brain. This technology minimizes damage to surrounding brain tissue.
  • Endoscopic endonasal approach (EEA): For pituitary/anterior skull base tumors and repairs, MetroHealth surgeons use a minimally invasive approach to remove tumors and growthsthrough the nose.  This is done to facilitate removal of pituitary / anterior skull base tumors and perform cerebrovascular fluid leak repairs.
  • Tumor Treating Fields (TTF) for Glioblastoma: Optune® is a  non-invasive treatment that can help extend life expectancy patients with Glioblastoma. It is a wearable, portable, FDA-approved device used to treat glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).  The device  uses alternating electric fields to help slow the growth of the tumor.  Patients wear the electrodes, similar to those used during EEGs, on their scalp.
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) / Gamma Knife

 

 

 

 

Our Doctors/Medical Providers

Rodica Di Lorenzo, MD, Ph.D

Rodica Di Lorenzo, MD, Ph.D

Neurology

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