Areas of Expertise

Brain tumor surgery

Brain tumors differ from each other

The term brain tumors encompasses a spectrum of very different diseases from benign to malignant. Tumors stemming from brain cells need to be differentiated from tumors of the meninges and the bone. An ever more frequent entity is metastasis, meaning seeding of tumors from other tissues in the brain. From a neurosurgical standpoint it is important to first decide if further follow-up, diagnostics, or a treatment in the form of biopsy  or resection is indicated. In order to decide on the most appropriate form of treatment many individual factors are important. These are filtered and explained in detail to the patient. This also implies that even with the same diagnosis different treatment recommendations can result. There is a great variety of technical tools to support brain surgery, which increase safety and minimize risks. A specialized field of neurooncological surgery (brain tumor surgery) is skullbase surgery. It requires another subset of specialized techniques and capabilities from the surgeon.

Keywords & Techniques
  • Neuronavigation
  • 5-ALA, Immunfluorescence
  • Glioma, glioblastoma, astrocytoma
  • Meningioma
  • Chordoma, Chondrosarcoma
  • Pituitary adenoma
  • Pineal tumor
  • Lymphoma
  • Retractorless Neurosurgery
  • Cerebral biopsy
  • Interdisciplinary tumor board
  • Aftercare
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy (Temozolamide)
  • Neurooncological centre (German Cancer Society accreditation, DKG)
Neurooncology Center Klagenfurt, Austria

Prof. Dr. Kretschmer is the Director of the Neurooncology Center Klagenfurt. It is the first Center of its kind in Austria certified according to the strict standards of the German Cancer Society (DKG-Deutsche Krebsgesellschaft). It combines all diagnostic and therapeutic modalities under one roof, at the "Klinikum Klagenfurt" (see download above; article in German).

Link - Neurooncology Center Klagenfurt, Austria