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.
Brain Tumor Treatments
At the Stanford Brain Tumor Center, we offer our patients a message of hope for the future. We use the most effective, least invasive treatment options possible to help you maintain your quality of life.
Once we confirm diagnosis, our team works together to create an effective and personalized treatment plan for you. We meet weekly to collaborate on complex cases at our Brain Tumor Board. Because of their complexity, brain tumors have multiple types of treatment. We monitor your progress during treatment to ensure its effectiveness and make changes if necessary.
Your care team uses leading-edge radiation therapies, neurosurgical techniques and immunotherapy advancements, with treatment options such as:
Surgery is usually the first treatment for many brain tumors, whether benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Our neurosurgeons use surgery to:
Take a biopsy (tissue sample to analyze for the presence of cancer cells)
Stanford’s neuroradiologists and radiation oncologists use several types of radiation therapy to either destroy cancer tumors and cells or stop their growth. We use external beam radiation, CyberKnife and TrueBeam to treat brain tumors. Learn more about radiation for brain tumors.
Chemotherapy uses drugs to slow or stop brain tumor growth. Different types of chemotherapy drugs can either prevent cells from reproducing or artificially start the natural cell death process. Read more about chemotherapy for brain tumors.
Many of the latest treatments for malignant brain tumors use biological therapies to fight cancer. These advanced therapies work by either stimulating the immune system to attack cancer cells or targeting cancer cells or specific molecules within them. Learn more about cancer biologics and immunotherapy for brain tumors.
In some cases, observation may be the best initial treatment. Also known as active surveillance, observation means that your neuro-oncologist closely monitors your condition through neurological exams and imaging tests every three to six months.
If your symptoms worsen or the tumor grows or spreads, your doctor will discuss your treatment options with you, such as surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or cancer biologics.
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