Jefferson University Hospitals

Tests & Treatments

  • Biopsy
    A biopsy is a procedure performed to remove tissue or cells from the body for examination under a microscope.

  • CT Scan
    A series of X-rays that can be used to visualize nearly all parts of the body in 3-D is known as a CT scan.

  • Chemotherapy
    Chemotherapy has the ability to reach cancer that may have spread, even microscopically, throughout the body.

  • Craniotomy
    Craniotomy involves removing a bone flap, a section of the skull, to access the brain.

  • Gamma Knife
    Our physicians are able to use the Gamma Knife system to precisely direct radiation to the problem area while sparing healthy tissue.

  • Gene Therapy
    Gene therapy, still in the early research stages, is showing some promise in the treatment of certain types of brain tumors.

  • Glossectomy
    During a glossectomy, a portion of the tongue is removed with a small area of surrounding normal tongue tissue to ensure that all of the cancer is removed.

  • Laryngoscopy with Biopsy
    A laryngoscopy with biopsy is one of many in the work-up and treatment of head and neck cancers at Jefferson.

  • Linear Accelerator
    Linear accelerator (LINAC) machines have been proven to be a safe, effective treatment option for patients with inoperable brain tumors in dangerous locations, such as the optic nerve and brain stem.

  • MRI
    Radiologists and oncologists often use advanced MRI technology to obtain visual detail of your body to help detect many conditions.

  • Myelogram
    A myelogram, also known as myelography, is performed to assess the spinal cord, subarachnoid space or other structures for abnormalities, particularly when another type of examination, such as a standard X-ray, is inconclusive.

  • Neck Dissection
    The purpose of a neck dissection is to remove the lymph nodes in the neck that are at risk as cancer spreads from the main tumor.

  • Neuroendoscopy
    This procedure allows the surgeon to move a probe within the ventricular cavity to the region containing the tumor and then to perform microsurgery, which is carefully targeted surgery that is relatively fast and presents minimal risk to the patient.

  • Radiation Therapy
    If you are concerned with how radiation may affect your health, Jefferson physicians have made great strides in reducing the effects of radiation on normal tissue surrounding the tumor being treated.

  • Rapid Access Radiation Therapy (RAP-PT)
    Rapid Access Radiation Therapy provides pain relief for cancer that has spread to the bone as a source of comfort for patients with advanced cancer. It can be used as an alternative to narcotics or in addition to other pain medications.

  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery & Radiotherapy
    If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, spinal tumor, arteriovenous malformation (AVM) or other neurological condition, you can take comfort in knowing that we can provide stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy treatment options.

  • Total Laryngectomy
    Total laryngectomy is a surgical procedure in which the whole larynx or voice box is removed, and a stoma (opening) is made in the trachea (windpipe) in the front of the neck in which you will breathe through.

  • Tracheal Resection
    Tracheal resection is surgery for patients with a narrowed airway. The narrowed affected area of the windpipe is removed.

  • Transoral Robotic Surgery
    If you have been diagnosed with a cancer of the tongue, tonsil, voice box or throat, we offer a new surgical procedure, transoral robotic surgery (TORS), utilizing the da Vinci® robot system.