World-class neuro-oncology

Our ambition has been to design a neuro-oncology service which treats the whole patient, not just the tumour. The incidence of brain metastasis is increasing, due to better imaging surveillance and improved systemic treatment of extracranial primary disease – up to 30 per cent of cancer patients are likely to develop a brain metastasis. Conventional radiotherapy treatments often lead to cognitive deterioration, with no benefit in terms of survival, but innovative techniques such as stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) are offering improved quality of life outcomes.

We offer a comprehensive diagnostic service including 3TMRI, PET/CT and genetics and genomic testing and functional MRI (fMRI).

A non–invasive MRI technique, fMRI is used to locate eloquent brain tissue related to speech, vision, movement, etc., to guide neurosurgical planning and tailor surgery for intrinsic brain tumours to avoid neurological deficit and improve patient outcome.

We have now adopted this technique into our neuro-oncology pathway. With the increasing neuro-oncological benefits of surgery for brain tumours, fMRI offers potential further applications to measure brain recovery processes, to optimally stage and monitor treatments. We are the first private service to offer this to our patients in the UK.

In addition, patients are offered a complementary MRI technique called Diffusion tractography imaging. This imaging scan provides additional information about the location of important brain pathways for speech, movement, vision and other behaviours important for patient quality of life.

Our Oxford centre is a centre of excellence for Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) – often described as brain-sparing surgery, SRS has revolutionised the treatment of small tumour sites.

Using a latest-generation linear accelerator, together with ExacTrac, a fast and highly accurate X-Ray system for patient positioning, allows greater precision and reduced treatment times – as little as 20 minutes. Our London centre houses a Gamma Knife for SRS procedures.

 

We provide a full range of systemic chemotherapies in our private, individual chemotherapy suites. This includes: iQemo management platform; nurses on call 24/7, acute pathways and a dedicated, on-site resident medical officer.

In a world-first partnership with Brainlab and Magic Leap we have introduced augmented reality to interpret and visualise medical data in 3D format. It is used by our doctors to help explain their brain scan, the surgical plans and possible outcomes – offering reassurance to patients and unravelling some of the complexity of treatment in neuro-oncology.

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We're treating the patient as a whole, not just their brain tumour Puneet Plaha, Consultant Neuro-oncology Surgeon

Exceptional patient care

Fast referral

New patients referrals to our neuro-oncology service will be seen within 48 hours. Patients ready for radical treatment within five days of scanning and within two days for palliative patients. Same-day scanning, planning and treatment is available on request

Neuro-oncology eMDT

A real-time environment that tracks clinical pathways and a secure forum for multi-disciplinary collaboration and decision making

Wellbeing

Our unique partnership with the Penny Brohn UK charity supports patients to achieve clinically significant improvements in wellbeing.

Patient care

Convenient locations with transport provided for radiotherapy patients, one-to-one cancer nurse specialists, highly skilled radiographers, triage and acute admissions and personalised exercise medicine

Clinical governance

We are CQC inspected and have a comprehensive governance framework that ensures safe treatment protocols, evaluates consultant practising privileges and reviews cases outside standard protocols. Our centre in Oxford is rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The neuro-oncology team

At GenesisCare in Oxford we have convened a panel of experts with the sole focus of improving outcomes for patients with metastatic disease affecting the brain.

Puneet Plaha

Consultant Neuro-oncology Surgeon, Oxford

Special clinical interest in endoscopic minimally invasive brain tumour surgery and awake surgery.

Richard Stacey

Consultant Neurosurgeon, Oxford

Special clinical interest in brain tumours and epilepsy

Natalie Voets

Neuroimaging scientist, Oxford

Special clinical interest in neuroimaging (MRI, Functional MRI, Tractography).

Fintan Brian John Sheerin

Consultant Neuroradiologist, Oxford

Special clinical interest in diagnostic imaging of conditions of the central nervous system, spine, head and neck region.

Pieter Pretorius

Consultant Neuroradiologist, Oxford

Special clinical interest in Diagnostic imaging of conditions of the Central Nervous System, Spine and Head & Neck region including ENT and Orbital conditions.

Luis Aznar-Garcia

Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Nottingham

Neuro-Oncologist specialised in Stereotactic Radiosurgery (brain and spine). SABR oligometastases, HpB and breast cancer.

Meera Nandhabalan

Clinical Oncologist, Oxford

Special clinical interest in neuro-oncology, stereotactic radiotherapy, gliomas and benign tumours.

Partner with us

We are always looking to collaborate with talented consultants.

As an oncologist, surgeon or related cancer specialist, we invite you to partner with us. We welcome requests from individuals and academic institutions to access our state-of-the-art equipment and clinical support for treatment and research. You can also build your knowledge and network with peers at our many CPD events.

Contact your local Referrer Engagement Manager, REM@genesiscare.com