With successful treatment, people with brain tumors can live longer with a better quality of life. At the Stanford Brain Tumor Center, our specialists offer the most advanced, effective options for diagnosis and treatment, including clinical trials.
Brain Tumor Center at the Advanced Medicine Center, Clinic D
Receiving a diagnosis of a brain tumor is a life-changing event for you and your loved ones. At the Stanford Brain Tumor Center, we're here to help. Our specialists are at the forefront of the latest, most successful brain tumor diagnosis and treatment options. We combine our expertise with caring, compassionate support for you and your family throughout your journey.
Your Care Team
At the Stanford Brain Tumor Center, we support you every step of the way through your care. Our brain tumor specialists have extensive experience diagnosing and treating brain tumors. We provide comprehensive support for you and your family throughout your journey.
Our experts are leading innovations in brain tumor diagnosis and treatment. In 1994, Stanford neurologists developed CyberKnife, a noninvasive radiation therapy system that delivers radiation to tumors with pinpoint accuracy, without the need for incisions. We still use this advanced radiation therapy technique to treat many type of brain tumors.
Through our expertise in advanced brain tumor care, we offer hope to people with tumors that were previously considered inoperable. Learn more the specialists on your team:
Once you have been diagnosed with a brain tumor, you may see a neurosurgeon, a doctor who specializes in performing operations to treat diseases of the brain and spinal cord. The neurosurgeon may refer you to a neuro-oncologist, a doctor with specialized training in diagnosing and treating brain cancer, if your tumor is malignant (cancerous).
Neuro-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. Neuro-oncologists specialize in medication-based treatments for brain cancer. Your neuro-oncologist works with you to create a treatment plan and usually acts as the coordinator of your cancer care.
These specialized nurses have advanced training in caring for patients with brain cancer during their treatment. Neuro-oncology nurses help carry out the treatment plan that your neuro-oncologist creates. They also give you your cancer medications, check your progress and answer your questions about treatment. If you are undergoing chemotherapy, your neuro-oncology nurses monitor you for any side effects.
Our dedicated social worker on the neuro-oncology team helps you and your family understand your diagnosis and treatment. She also assists you in finding support groups or other services that you or your family may need.
Psychiatrists and psychologists
These mental health specialists offer help if you are coping with depression, anxiety or other mental health issues. Cancer can be a very difficult time, and our mental health services are available to help you and your loved ones. Psychiatrists can prescribe medications such as antidepressants. Both specialists can help patients with counseling and other mental health needs.
When you have a brain tumor, you may need help regaining your ability to do certain daily activities. With specialized neurology training, our physical, speech, respiratory and occupational therapists offer services to help you during your treatment and recovery.
Mike Harris was so relieved to know that a brain tumor was behind his strange symptoms. Then came the hard part: Removing the fist-sized tumor.
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 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 either:
The Cancer Center New Patient Coordinator at 650-736-7440