There is no question that the diagnosis of a brain tumor is a traumatic event. Nevertheless, treatment options for Brain Tumors continue to advance, and new research will undoubtedly lead us to further improvements.
In this video, Dr Joseffer talks about the available treatments.
There are three main types of treatment for brain tumors:
Surgery: With surgery, all or part of the tumor can be removed. Whether it can be removed completely depends on its location. A tumor can often be removed safely provided the following two criteria exist. First, the tumor has not grown around critical structures, such as the arteries supplying blood to the brain. Second, has not infiltrated into areas of the brain that are important for functions such as speech or movement.
Radiation therapy: Radiation therapy involves using a machine that directs a beam of radiation or destructive energy at the tumor, which damages the tumor causing it to shrink or to stop growing.
Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy involves the use of medications that can cause the tumor to shrink. There are many types of chemotherapy. Newer treatments actually use the body’s own immune system or hormonal system to shrink tumors with better results and less side effects than people experienced with some of the older treatments.
New Jersey native Dr. Mark McLaughlin is a board certified neurosurgeon who treats cranial conditions and specific spinal disorders.
He also has specialized training and expertise in the treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia and Occipital Neuralgia.
His educational journey began at The Pingry School in Martinsville, NJ and continued
with a path that included a Residency in Neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh and a Fellowship in
Complex Spine Surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Our Medical Director is Dr. Nirav Shah. Dr. Nirav Shah is a board certified neurosurgeon
who practices neurological surgery with an emphasis on cervical stenosis, complex spinal surgery and intracranial
and intracranial tumor/radiosurgery at Princeton Brain and Spine.
Dr. Shah graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Pennsylvania State University where he
completed an accelerated Bachelors-Medical Doctorate program. After graduation with
Alpha Omega Alpha (medical equivalent to Phi Beta Kappa) honors from Jefferson Medical College,
Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania he went on to complete his internship
and five-year residency at the University of Maryland in Baltimore under Dr. Howard Eisenberg.
Seth Joseffer, M.D. is a board certified neurosurgeon who treats disorders and diseases of the brain and spine with a particular interest in brain tumors.
Dr. Joseffer specializes in the application of minimally invasive surgical procedures where applicable.
He has advanced training and experience in cranial and spinal surgery, including craniotomies.
A native to the northeast, Dr. Joseffer became fascinated with the functionality of the brain after witnessing his
first brain surgery during his undergraduate studies at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
He went on to pursue a medical degree from New York University Medical School, where he graduated with
Alpha Omega Alpha honors, the equivalent to Phi Beta Kappa.
Dr. Nazer Qureshi joins Princeton Brain and Spine as our fifth on-staff neurosurgeon. He was a junior faculty
member at Trinity College in Ireland prior to spending three years as a research fellow studying gene therapy
for brain tumors at Harvard Medical Schoolbrain tumors at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. He then obtained his neurosurgical
training at the world-renowned Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Arkansas.
Dr. Matthew Tormenti is a Board Certified and Fellowship trained neurosurgeon at Princeton Brain & Spine. Dr. Tormenti specializes in complex spinal surgery, pituitary and skull base brain surgery.
Dr. Tormenti is one of a handful of neurosurgeons capable of performing complex spinal scoliosis reconstructions and in minimally invasive spine operations.
In addition, he completed a 2 year fellowship in endoscopic skull base surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, an international destination for skull base surgery.
Dr. Dhimant Balar is a Fellowship Trained and Board Certified physician. In fact, he is one of the very few doctors in Central New Jersey who is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and in Sports Medicine.
Dr. Balar has worked with both amateur and professional athletes. While in Philadelphia he was an integral part of the medical team for the city's top professional teams Philadelphia Eagles, Flyers, Phantoms,
and the city's professional soccer team, the KIXX. He also worked with a range of amateur athletes from local high schools and colleges in the area, including Rowan University and Eastern University.
Board certified neurosurgeon Dr. Steven C. Fulop specializes in cranial conditions and specific spine disorders. He also has specialized expertise in the use of advanced surgical technologies for
the performance of Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery.
Dr. Fulop's clinical specialty involves the use of technology for improving surgical outcomes. He is a regular faculty member at physician education conferences on the use of
minimally invasive spinal procedures, neuro-navigation and the use of stem cell technologies.
Hippocrates..., a Greek born around 460BC, Hippocrates is called the "Father of Medicine". He is credited as the first person to
argue that disease was not a punishment from the gods, but was caused by environment, diet, and other natural factors.
The Hippocratic Oath inspires us to do the utmost for our patients, all the while treating each patient as a member of our own
When you are here, you will be treated with respect, our time and you will be given the very best of us.
We have built the circle of trust, care, compassion as well as skill here and it is you, the patient,
who is the foundation of our vision of medicine. It is you, our patient, that matters most to us.