Chesapeake Regional Healthcare's multidisciplinary neuro-oncology program is centered on diagnosing and treating patients with primary and secondary cancers affecting the brain and spinal cord. Our neuro-oncologists also treat tumors related to neurofibromatosis, secondary effects of cancer on the nervous system and side effects of radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRI is a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of a large magnet, radio frequencies and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body. MRI does not use ionizing radiation, like X-rays and computed tomography scans. Chesapeake Regional offers an MRI that uses an open architecture to help patients feel more relaxed and at ease while accommodating those with mobility issues, such as the elderly and obese. Authorized family and friends can remain with the patient throughout the procedure, which can be especially helpful with younger patients and the elderly.
Computed Tomography (CT)
A CT scan beams ionizing X-rays through a patient's body at multiple angles. These angles are detected and relayed to a computer, programmed with the absorption capacities of the various body tissues. The computer then projects a single composite picture of a specific section of the abdomen, chest or head on a screen. CTs can visualize internal organs that are impossible to see with ordinary X-rays.
64-Slice Computed Tomography
Compared to conventional CT scanners, our state-of-the-art 64-slice CT scanners offer improved image quality and speed. The 64-slice computed tomography imaging enables physicians to obtain cross-sectional images of body tissues and organs and it can display a combination of soft tissue, bones and blood vessels in a single image.
Immunotherapy, also known as biologic therapy, uses certain parts of a patient’s immune system to fight cancer cells. This may be done by giving patients immune system components, such as man-made proteins. It can be used by itself, but is most often used in conjunction with other treatments. Immunotherapy may be performed using monoclonal antibodies, non-specific immunotherapies and cancer vaccines. At Chesapeake Regional, we typically perform monoclonal antibodies procedures.
Stereotactic radiosurgery is a minimally invasive form of surgical intervention using a three-dimensional coordinate system to precisely deliver radiation to targets inside the body. Procedures are nearly painless, and patients recover much faster than with conventional surgery. Gamma Knife® and Synergy S® are treatment systems currently used at the Chesapeake, Riverside, University of Virginia Radiosurgery Center
Interventional radiologists use images from X-rays or MRIs to better visualize their patients, pinpoint where the problem is and map out results without surgery. They guide catheters through pathways in the body or through the skin to treat disease or tumors directly at the source. While no treatment is risk-free, the risks of interventional radiology procedures are far lower than the risks of other surgeries.
Patient Care Team
At Chesapeake Regional Healthcare, we believe personalized care is better for our patients. We offer a team of highly qualified navigators to deliver tailor-made care to our patients. Learn more about our Cancer Care Navigators.