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Telemedicine provides second opinions to brain tumor patients

December 21, 2018

The Penn Brain Tumor Center is using telemedicine technology to enable its expert physicians to give virtual second opinions to brain tumor patients.

Under the new program, a Penn neurosurgeon will coordinate with a patient’s local doctor to evaluate the medical history, current diagnosis and imaging studies to make a recommendation for the optimal treatment.

“Receiving a brain tumor diagnosis is a life-changing event, and it can be particularly difficult when facing multiple treatment choices,” says Steven Brem, MD, co-director of the Brain Tumor Center and director of Neurosurgical Oncology. “Thanks to the power of telemedicine, we can provide second opinions to eligible patients, without travel, helping patients and caregivers understand their diagnosis and make the right choice for a treatment plan that’s best for them.”

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