Cancer in the brain
Cancer in the brain is major focus area and a multidisciplinary team specialises in treating all types of brain tumours. Treatment of cancer in the brain has been optimised by the department over the last five years with new techniques and patient logistics as well as database registries.
Surgery is usually the most effective first line choice for treatment of brain tumours. Tumours are removed to the greatest extent possible using advanced equipment such as intraoperative MRI scanners and image-guided systems for precise surgical navigation. Intraoperative mapping of the functional brain allows for more extensive resection of tumours and seizure foci, with less risk of producing sensory motor or language deficits.
Our neurosurgeons work closely together with radiation oncologists to optimise radiation therapy, and treatment planning and adjuvant therapy for brain tumours is managed by adult and paediatric neuro-oncologists. Aarhus University Hospital will in 2018 also be able to treat brain tumours at The Danish Centre for Particle Therapy.
Research is conducted in collaboration with the Department of Oncology at Aarhus University Hospital and a range of international partners.
Spine surgery is another focus area of the department where especially the cervical spine is a core competence of the department. The department treats degenerative diseases in the cervical spine as well as in the thoracic and lumbar spine. The department also takes part in the treatment of spine fractures and spinal cord injuries. The department performs treatment for acute spinal cord injury in collaboration with The Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Center in Viborg Regional Hospital for patients in the western part of Denmark. Special nursing care of the spinal cord injury patient is one of the core competences of the department.
The Department of Neurosurgery is part of the Stroke Centre at Aarhus University Hospital. The department excels in the treatment of intracerebral bleedings both due to spontaneous hypertension or cerebral aneurysms. The department is responsible for intracranial/extracranial bypass treatment in patients with complex neurovascular conditions. The department is equipped with state- of-the-art endovascular equipment to treat patients in the western part of Denmark.
Neuromodulation treatments in patients with movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and dystonia was started in 1996 as the first department in Denmark and the treatment has remained leading and has led to innovation within electrode types and patient logistics. The department is internationally known for its consistent treatment results and low number of complications. Spinal cord stimulation for pain is another focus area of the department. In this regard the Aarhus University Hospital Neuromodulation Database has been developed and is now expanded to deep brain stimulation intrathecal drug delivery and other nervous system devices. Several centres worldwide are now using the database in their own centres for registering neuromodulation treatment.