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Awake craniotomy supports brain tumor fight

Awake craniotomy supported Jeff Williams' brain tumor fight 

When Jeff Williams learned he had an aggressive brain tumor, he was ready to do anything necessary to attack it. He never imagined remaining awake during his own brain surgery would be part of that strategy. But his care team's expertise and compassion gave him the courage to play an active role in the advanced procedure.

Brain Tumors

If you are dealing with a brain tumor, there are many reasons to consider Neurosurgery at The University of Kansas Health System. One of the primary is the availability of innovative, advanced approaches.

We are one of the only centers in the region to offer minimally invasive neuroendoscopy treatment. Our physicians are also experts in using state-of-the-art image-guided technology such as neuronavigation systems. Using advanced techniques such as these means patients can expect decreased infection rates, faster recovery time and shorter hospital stays as a result. 

Our health system is on the leading edge of other technologies that allow us to reach previously inaccessible areas of the brain and better focus treatment to name a few.

Our neurosurgeons work as part of a multidisciplinary team of advanced specialists to ensure the best possible outcomes. This may include neuro-oncologists, radiation oncologists, interventional neuroradiologists as well as ENT or ophthalmology specialists and involve a combination of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. A weekly tumor board meets to discuss complex cases which is attended by all the specialties. Our goal is to treat each brain tumor in the most effective way possible.

We also strive to improve brain tumor treatments by participating in pioneering research. We collaborate regularly with physician and scientist colleagues in various fields. Multiple clinical trials are underway on an ongoing basis.

To help answer your questions and relieve stress, we offer patient navigators. Your dedicated patient navigator handles all scheduling with your health system physicians and team members and ensures your medical information is passed on for review before your appointments.