With the recent addition of Howard C. Chandler, M.D., neuro surgical oncologist, the vision for the Piedmont Brain Tumor Center is becoming a reality.
One of those visions is the plan to hire a neuro oncologist, who will become an important addition to the program. Neuro oncology is a small subspecialty with only 150 neuro oncologists in the country. A neuro oncologist specializes in treatment of brain tumors and other nervous system tumors. The addition of a neuro oncologist will give the Piedmont Brain Tumor Center national recognition and help us to expand our clinical trials program. Our patients will have local access to clinical trials, providing them with cutting edge treatments that have required travel to other institutions in the past.
We have a beautiful space in the 2001 Building across the street from Piedmont Atlanta Hospital on Peachtree Road that will be used as the physical location for the Brain Tumor Center. It will be adjacent to Dr. Chandler’s office, making it easy for patients to access his services as well as other services that will be provided by the Center. This area will have a wellness component, an area for reading and researching articles and a space to hold meetings and classes. We will also have a nurse research coordinator, who will help patients and their families access clinical trials specific to their diagnoses. The research nurse coordinator will assist patients in obtaining treatments locally and, if needed, nationally.
The hospital will be acquiring Gamma Knife Perfexion and Linac Radiosurgery equipment for treatment of brain tumors. Piedmont Atlanta Hospital was one of the first hospitals in the country to have a Gamma Knife and, with the new technology available in the Perfexion, patients will receive even better care. With the Perfexion, it is possible to treat more complex volumes with faster set up times and treatment deliveries, as well as provide treatment of more tumors in a single session. It also limits the doses to critical structures.
Linac Radiosurgery uses a linear accelerator to produce high-energy radiation, which is focused precisely on the tumor. It is delivered from different angles to target each part of the tumor. It can also be used to treat tumors outside of the brain.
There are many other ideas that are being developed, and we anticipate making tremendous advances over the next year.