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Laser ablation surgery may be recommended when a brain tumor cannot be removed through traditional surgery. Visualase® – a laser ablation treatment in which tumors are destroyed with high-energy beams of light – is one such technology that can be used in lieu of traditional surgery for certain tumors in the brain and spine. At Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, Visualase® is just one of the advanced brain tumor treatments that we offer. Our team evaluates each patient on an individual basis to determine the most promising therapies for his or her needs.

Laser ablation surgery may be recommended if a brain tumor is:

  • Located deep within the brain or spinal cord, which would make traditional surgery more complicated to perform
  • Spreading into the surrounding healthy tissues of the brain or spine
  • Recurrent

Laser ablation may also be recommended for patients who have developed necrosis (cell death in healthy tissues) and/or swelling as a result of radiation therapy. These complications can significantly impact a patient’s quality of life, and laser ablation may alleviate pain and discomfort.

At Moffitt Cancer Center, we provide laser ablation brain tumor treatment at our facility in Tampa. Our surgeons use the Visualase® laser ablation system in coordination with intraoperative MRI scanning and real-time imaging, allowing them to adapt the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Visualase® allows Moffitt’s surgeons to create heat fields that conform to the unique contours of each patient’s brain tumors, targeting abnormal cells while reducing damage to healthy tissues. In many cases, laser surgery involves a less extensive recovery process than open brain surgery.

Referrals are not required to consult with Moffitt’s experienced oncologists regarding laser ablation surgery for a brain tumor. To request an appointment, call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online. We welcome patients from Tampa, FL, and all other nearby locations.

Brain Cancer