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
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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
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
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
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.