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Neuro-Oncology

In close collaboration with medical and radiation oncology at Coborn Cancer Center, CentraCare neurosurgeons provide surgery for patients with brain or spine cancers. In addition to the traditional neurosurgical procedures, we also offer endoscopic and open skull-based procedures, as well as Linac-based SRS. Intraoperative imaging tools include the latest generations of optical and magnetic image-guided systems, as well as Leica microscopes with heads-up displays for 5ALA-induced tumor fluorescence.

We are one of few hospitals in Minnesota that is authorized to use Gleolan, an oral medication given to patients with certain brain tumors before surgery. The medication causes the tumor to glow bright pink under a blue light to help the surgeon separate tumor tissue from healthy brain, meaning more tumor can be safely removed. We have access to the full spectrum of intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring, allowing awake craniotomies in select patients.

Learn more about our cancer services and the Coborn Cancer Center

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

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