Successful treatment of brain tumors leads to a longer, better quality of life. At the Stanford Brain Tumor Center, our doctors are at the forefront of the latest, successful brain tumor diagnosis, treatment and clinical trials options.
Brain Tumor Center at the Neuroscience Clinic, Boswell Building
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
At Stanford, there is always hope for those with a brain tumor diagnosis. Rapidly developing research on the best diagnostic tools, combined with quickly evolving treatment strategies, are resulting in patient outcomes that are constantly improving.
As with any cancer, prognosis and long-term survival can vary greatly from individual to individual. Prompt medical attention and aggressive therapy are important for the best prognosis. The ongoing follow-up care we provide is an essential component for anyone diagnosed with a brain or spinal tumor.
When you are working with the team at the Stanford Brain Tumor Center, we are with you for the long-term. Your support team includes all of the people involved in your diagnosis, treatment and follow up. They will work closely with you and your family to make sure you have access to all of the latest treatments and clinical trials and that your care is meticulously supported from diagnosis through rehabilitation.
Here are some definitions that will help you understand the responsibilities of the different members of your team:
Neurosurgeon. Once you have been diagnosed, you may see a neurosurgeon, a doctor who specializes in performing operations to treat diseases of the brain and spinal cord. The neurosurgeon, in turn, may refer you to a neuro-oncologist, a physician with specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of brain cancer.
Neuro-oncologist. Medical oncologists treat cancer with medicines such as chemotherapy drugs. Radiation oncologists treat cancer with radiation therapy, such as the CyberKnife system pioneered at Stanford University Medical Center or TrueBeam. Both types of oncology treatment are designed to make it hard for the cancer cells to grow. Your neuro-oncologist will work with you to create a treatment plan. He or she usually acts as the coordinator of your cancer care.
Neuro-oncology nurses. Neuro-oncology nurses have special training in caring for patients with brain cancer during treatment. They will help carry out the treatment plan your oncologist creates and with activities such as giving cancer medications, checking your progress, and answering your questions about treatment. If you are undergoing chemotherapy, oncology nurses will monitor any side effects.
Social workers. Our dedicated social worker on the neuro-oncology team can help you and your family understand your diagnosis and treatment, and assist you in finding support groups or other services that you need.
Psychiatrists and psychologists. Psychiatrists and psychologists are specialists that can help if you have problems with depression or mental health. Cancer can be difficult for anyone to cope with, so make sure to seek help if necessary. Psychiatrists can prescribe medications such as antidepressants. Both specialists can help patients with counseling and other depression treatment methods.
Rehabilitation specialists. People with brain tumors often need help recovering their ability to do their normal activities after treatment. Physical therapists, speech therapists, respiratory therapists, and occupational therapists all support our patients during their treatment.
Sharon Tong was unsure what to do when diagnosed with a meningioma. Compassionate staff at Stanford helped her choose a treatment plan that succeeded.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.
Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics) provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well as provides the latest information and news for physicians and office staff. For help with all referral needs and questions visit Referring Physicians.
HOW TO REFER
To refer a patient and schedule an appointment, call the Cancer Center New Patient Coordinator at 650-736-7440 or call the Neuroscience Clinic at 650-723-6469.