The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke

Overview | Ongoing Support in a Changed Life


Renee Raynor, PhD



A brain tumor can affect virtually every aspect of your life, so we offer a range of services designed to help you live well in mind, body, and spirit.

You may be far from home and need accommodations. You may need assistance locating care in your state or understanding your insurance coverage. Perhaps you want help with talking about your illness with family, friends, or co-workers. Changes in thinking or behavior that are due to illness or treatment may be concerning for you.

Our staff can offer resources to help you understand the disease, sort through your emotions, learn coping skills, and find ways to adapt to the changes in your life.

The emotional and social support we provide you and your entire family goes hand-in-hand with aggressive medical care.

—Renee Raynor, PhD
Clinical Neuropsychologist 













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Family Centered Care

Michael Gingell

The diagnosis of a brain tumor impacts every member of the family, including children. At the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke, we are committed to family centered care.

Our Guiding Principles:

  • Build a partnership with you and your family based on mutual respect and open communication
  • Respect the uniqueness of your family.
  • Recognize your expertise as well as that of professionals. Everyone's role is important to achieve best care.
  • Provide information in ways that you and each member of your family, including children, can understand.
  • Respect your choices.
  • Focus on your strengths and resources.
  • Foster empowerment as opposed to dependence.
  • Collaborate with providers and services in your home community.