The Surgical Neuro-oncology Program

Program Lead: Dr. Mark Hamilton

As a multi-disciplinary program in DCNS, the Surgical Neuro-oncology Program was established to focus on neurosurgical care for brain tumour patients. The program provides excellent care and it improves care in the future through education, research and advocacy. 

Our patients have both low grade and malignant brain tumours, including those involving the brain and the skull base. Neurosurgeons work in concert with neuro-oncologists, neuroradiologists, neuropathologists, and radiation oncologists specializing in the treatment of brain tumours. Regular clinical meetings and teaching rounds occur to co-ordinate care plans for patients. We are also able to offer access to unique treatment modalities, such as the intraoperative MRI theatre for assisting in the surgical treatment of brain tumour and intraoperative monitoring or cortical mapping for complex brain tumour resection. 

Our program provides: 

  • Surgical treatment of patients with malignant brain tumour 
  • Surgical management of patients with low-grade glioma 
  • Clinical trials for adjuvant treatment of patients with malignant brain tumour 
  • Treatment wait times and outcomes for brain tumour patients 
  • Endoscopic treatment of patients with skull base or pituitary tumours 

Education 

The program provides fellowship training for neurosurgeons who want to develop special skills in surgical neuro-oncology. 

Research 

Members of the program are actively involved in clinical research to test new and innovative therapies to treat patients with brain tumours. 
Dr. Hamilton and Dr. Kelly are members of the Clark H. Smith Brain Tumour Centre, The Southern Alberta Cancer Research Institute, and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, as well as participants in the Terry Fox Research Initiative. 

All neurosurgeons are participants in multi-centre clinical trials, including those involving convection-enhanced delivery of agents into the brain to treat brain tumours and brain tumour vaccines. In addition, the Brain Tumour Tissue Bank is available to store tissue from consenting patients for current and future research. 

Member

Neurosurgeons: Dr. Mark Hamilton, Dr. Yves Starreveld, Dr. John Kelly, Dr. Garnette Sutherland 

Neuro-Oncologists: Dr. Paula de Robles, Dr. Greg Cairncross, Dr. Gloria Roldan

Radiation Oncologists: Dr. Rob Nordal, Dr. Gerald Lim 

Nurse Clinician: Crystal Tellett

Surgical Neuro-Oncology Nurse: Chelsea Demler

(Updated Dec. 2018)