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We would like to remind you that the restrictions currently in place across the NHS will remain for the foreseeable future. This includes limitations on visiting patients, and infection control measures such as wearing face masks, temperature checks and maintaining social distancing when at our hospital.

Neuro-Oncology Department

Service detail

The Neuro-Oncology Team

The Walton Centre Neuro-Oncology team provide a dedicated surgical oncology service for patients diagnosed with brain and central nervous system tumours.


We are a well-integrated, dedicated multidisciplinary team who are passionate about improving outcomes for patients with brain tumours and their loved ones.

The Neuro-Oncology service at The Walton Centre treats over 500 new patients per year treating all types of brain tumours, including:


• Gliomas
• Glioblastoma
• Low-grade glioma
• Pilocytic astrocytoma (grade I)
• Oligodendroglioma
• Ependymoma
• Mixed glioma
• Meningioma
• Pineal region tumour
• Brain metastase
• Primary central nervous?system lymphoma
• Haemangioblastoma

 

Surgery

  • Surgery is usually the first line of attack for treating brain tumors. Tumours are removed to the maximal extent using advanced equipment such as image-guidance systems, neurophysiological monitoring, intra-operative ultrasound and immunofluorosence-guided surgery. The Walton Centre is also one of three providers nationally with intraoperative MRI, which improve patient outcomes, reduces the need for repeated surgery and reduces infection risk.
  • Awake surgery with intra-operative mapping of language, motor and sensory function is also used for selected patients.

 

  • When tumor resection is not possible, biopsy is used to make the diagnosis. Our neurosurgeons also have expertise in sterotactic radiosurgery using the Novalis TX machine located on-site at the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in Liverpool.

 

 

Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy


The Walton Centre works collaboratively with dedicated clinical oncologists and clinical nurse specialists from the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre and the North Wales Cancer Treatment Centre to provide oncology therapies such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy for patients with brain and central nervous system tumours. Patients with primary?central nervous?system lymphoma are treated jointly by haematologists at Liverpool University Foundation Trust.

Support for patients with brain tumours
The Neuro Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist Team is a dedicated team of nurses who specialise in offering patient centred care to patients and their families from diagnosis and throughout their journeys.
We support patients and loved ones through the physical effects of having a brain tumour but also understand the importance of caring for other needs. We can offer support with emotional, psychological and social needs.

 

 

 

Clinics

Each of the six neurosurgeons who treat brain and central nervous system tumours has a weekly dedicated brain tumour clinic with neuro-oncology clinical nurse specialist (CNS) support. Patients who are referred to see a neurosurgeon are encouraged to bring a family member or friend to these appointments.


There are also dedicated clinical nurse specialist clinics to provide symptom management, holistic needs assessment and urgent access and support where needed.

 

 

Brain tumour research


The Neuro Oncology Team work collaboratively with the Neuroscience Research Centre, the University of Liverpool and national organisations to ensure patients have access to international and national clinical trials.

There are a number of clinical trials open to patients at present, these include surgical trials, radiology trials and drugs trials to manage symptoms such as seizures.

For more information please speak to your neurosurgeon or clinical nurse specialist. 

 

Support groups

A group meets at 1pm on the last Monday of the month at The Brain Charity, except in August when the meeting is on the last Tuesday.

A second group meets on the first Monday of each month, from 1pm to 3pm in Northwich Carers Centre, Northwich CW9 5HH. For details about either group please email stephen.sharman@homecall.co.uk

Another Brain Tumour Support Group is run in Llandudno, in the training room of Asda from 1.30pm to 3.30pm on the third Tuesday of each month. For more details email michelle.herbert@thebraintumorcharity.org or call Michelle on 07436102652.

 

Getting here

The Walton Centre - Main Hospital Building

The Walton Centre Main Building

This building hosts many of our in-patient services, including wards and theatres, and some outpatients services.

Address

Lower Lane, Liverpool, L9 7LJ

Directions and map

The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust is not responsible for third-party sites or content.

Referral information

Urgent two-week referrals can be made via GP surgeries.

Emergency Inter hospital referrals can be made via the neurosurgical registrar via the Walton Centre switch board or via https://orioncloud.org/ 

The Neuro-Oncology MDT takes place weekly, on a Thursday afternoon. Outcomes from emergency referrals made into the Neuro-Oncology MDT can be found on ORION (orioncloud.org) using a unique code and pin which will be allocated to the original referral made.

The cut off for referrals is Tuesday 3pm. Any referrals made after this time will be discussed the following week. If a clinical decision needs to be made urgently or neurosurgical advice is required you can discuss this with the neurosurgical registrar on-call via main switchboard.

 

Patient leaflets

Brain and Spinal Tumours - Benefits and Financial Advice

Having a brain/spinal tumour can be costly in ways that you never expected. Costs may include frequent trips to hospital, parking charges, petrol and childcare, to name a few.

Discharge Guide for Patients with a Brain Tumour

This leaflet provides information and answers to questions often posed by patients following brain tumour surgery.

Neuro Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist Team

The Clinical Nurse Specialist team are available to provide verbal and written information, support you through your operation and diagnosis and help to coordinate your care.

Stereotactic biopsy


Stereotactic biopsies - A guide for patients, relatives and carers

Neuro-Oncology Department Consultants

Mr Andrew Brodbelt

Mr Andrew Brodbelt graduated from Liverpool Medical School before doing his basic surgical training in Merseyside and Manchester, and neurosurgical training at The Walton Centre. He did his PhD at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. 

Professor Michael Jenkinson

Professor Jenkinson sub-specialises in neurosurgical oncology for intrinsic brain tumours including awake craniotomy and intra-operative brain mapping for low grade glioma, midline and endoscopic approaches to intraventricular and deep intrinsic tumours, and stereotactic radiosurgery. 

Mr Farouk Olubajo

Mr Farouk Olubajo is a Consultant Neurosurgeon at The Walton Centre.

Mr David Lawson

Mr David Lawson is a Consultant Neurosurgeon at The Walton Centre. He neurosurgically trained in north London, including subspecialty fellowships in skull base and vascular. 

Page last updated: 09 June 2021