Neuroblate is a ​minimally invasive means to kill brain tumors.

Its primary advantage over conventional surgery is three-fold:

1. ability to access deep tumors

2. significantly less surgical risk

3. much better tolerated by the patient

How it works:

There are two phases to the procedure- in the operating room and in the MRI suite.

  • Operating room: A small opening (3.3mm) is made in the skull.  This usually takes 20 minutes.
  • MRI Suite: The laser is placed through the skull into the middle of the tumor.  Under a real-time MRI we are able to watch the laser kill tumor cells while sparing normal cells.  

Typically patients stay over-night and are discharged the following day.


By itself, Neuroblate is not a cure for brain cancer- but it is an extremely valuable tool in the fight for cure.  Most patients will achieve the greatest success by a personalized combination of treatments.  Neuroblate is often part of the combination.  Patients find it a much easier procedure to tolerate than conventional brain surgery as done through a craniotomy.  The risks are smaller and the hospital stay and discomfort are dramatically decreased.  It is also a highly cost-effective strategy compared to the conventional hospital and operating room costs.

In addition to killing a large mass of tumor cells, an added benefit of laser ablation is a temporary break-down of the blood-brain-barrier (BBB).  The BBB is what blocks many chemotherapeutic drugs from getting access into brain tumors.  The heating effect of the laser has been shown to break down the BBB for up to 6 weeks, during which time chemotherapy drugs can get into the brain tumors with much greater effectiveness and over a much greater area.

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