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Brain Tumors Overview

  • The Center for Neuro-Oncology at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center (DF/BWCC) provides state-of-the-art, individualized, and compassionate care for patients with brain tumors, spinal cord tumors, and neurologic complications from cancer. Our dedicated team of over 40 experienced neuro-oncologists, neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, neuroradiologists, and neuropathologists specialize solely in neuro-oncology. These specialists provide you and your family with informed choices about treatment options, for optimal results.

    Our physician team is supported by experienced and knowledgeable nurses, physician assistants, and other health care staff dedicated to providing compassionate care, guidance, and educational resources to you and your family throughout your treatment. Psychosocial oncologists and neuropsychologists support you and your family – to help you maintain the highest quality of life every step of the way.

    Exceptional Care for Patients with Brain Tumors

    At DF/BWCC, we are redefining cancer treatment and care for brain tumor patients around the world. Our team:

    • Pioneers approaches in precise neurosurgical techniques.
    • Leads an average of 20-25 clinical trials at a time, including trials that are introducing innovative new approaches in immunotherapy.
    • Utilizes unique diagnostic imaging technology and procedures.
    • Performs advanced radiation therapy that targets tumors, while sparing surrounding tissues.
    • Leads the field in pathology diagnostics and molecular profiling of tumors, to provide more accurate diagnoses and prevent unnecessary treatment of benign tumors.
    • Provides a variety of chemotherapy and molecular drugs targeting specific types of cancer.
    • Offers consults with a multidisciplinary team of clinicians at the same time, in order to develop your personalized treatment plan.

    We Treat You, Not Just Your Cancer

    We offer many programs to support our patients and their families before, during, and after treatment, including:

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