New program at Penn Medicine offers remote second opinions for patients diagnosed with brain tumors

Lynne Adkins
January 06, 2019 - 4:00 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Travel will no longer be needed to get second opinions from brain tumor experts at Penn Medicine. 

Patients in Des Moines, Iowa and other places around the country can now easily get a second opinion on the best treatment for their brain tumors without hopping on a plane, bus or taking a long car ride to Philadelphia. 

"This allows a patient with a brain tumor in Florida, for example, to have expertise here without them having to take a plane and coming to clinic," said Dr. Steven Brem, co-director of the Brain Tumor Center at Penn Medicine.

Dr. Brem
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Dr. Brem says it's all done digitally, thanks to telemedicine.

"This is going to take advantage of the expertise that's available at Penn for second opinions that will be going to physicians throughout the country," he said, "so their patients can have access to the best technologies that are available."

Dr. Brem says he'll confer with a patient's local physician to determine the best course of treatment and the best facility for that treatment to take place.