Brain Cancer Care

Brain tumors are diseases in which cancer (malignant) cells begin to grow in the tissues of the brain. Tumors that start in the brain are called primary brain tumors. They may spread within the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), but they rarely spread to other parts of the body. Tumors that have started somewhere else in the body and spread (metastasize) to the brain are called metastatic brain tumors. The effects of tumors on the brain depend on what type of tumors they are and where they are located in the brain.

Learn more about:
Brain tumors in adults

Treatment options for brain tumors include surgery, radiation and anti-cancer medications (chemotherapy).

Among the tools Sacred Heart’s cancer care team uses to treat brain cancer are:

  • The Gamma Knife, used to treat tumors located deep in the brain or in sensitive parts of the brain. It is actually not a knife at all. It is a piece of advanced medical equipment that focuses beams of radiation directly and precisely at your tumor. The Gamma Knife Center at Sacred Heart is one of only 200 such centers in the world. Read more about the Gamma Knife.
  • Stealth surgery,” or image-guided neurosurgery. Using interactive CT scans, surgeons are able to operate with pinpoint precision. This high-tech surgery allows them to do more difficult procedures, with fewer complications and better outcomes for patients.
  • Smart Operating Rooms. Smart ORs are surgical suites equipped with advanced technology that helps surgeons do their best work, including minimally invasive surgery. Learn more about Smart ORs.
  • Neuro-radiologists who specialize in diagnosing diseases of the brain, using the advanced MRICT and PET scanning technology at Oregon Imaging Centers.
  • The latest chemotherapy medications.
  • Breakthrough treatments available only through clinical trials.

Treatment Locations

Sacred Heart Medical Center, University District in Eugene:

RiverBend medical campus in Springfield:

  • Sacred Heart Medical Center, providing surgery and certain inpatient and outpatient treatments.
  • Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center, providing outpatient chemotherapy and radiation therapy. WVCI also has offices on Country Club Road in Eugene.
  • Oregon Imaging Centers, providing outpatient imaging (radiology). OIC has additional offices throughout Eugene and Springfield.