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Conditions We Treat with Chemotherapy: Brain Tumors
Types of Brain Tumors We Treat with Chemotherapy
Most chemotherapy drugs are systemic, which means that they travel through the bloodstream to reach tumors in many parts of the body. But, many chemotherapy drugs cannot enter the brain because of the blood-brain barrier. This network of small blood vessels protects the brain from harmful substances but can also block chemotherapy drugs.
Our medical neuro-oncologists (specialists in treating brain cancer with chemotherapy) have decades of experience and training in using chemotherapy drugs to successfully treat brain tumors. Our experts participate in research and clinical trials to find new chemotherapy treatments that are more effective for brain tumors.
We offer patients access to the most advanced chemotherapy drugs for many types of brain tumors, including:
Metastatic Brain Tumors
These cancerous (malignant) tumors begin in another part of the body and spread (metastasize) to the brain. Read more about metastatic brain tumors.
Primary Brain Tumors
Less common than metastatic brain tumors, primary brain tumors begin growing in the brain. We use chemotherapy to treat cancerous (malignant) types of primary tumors. Learn more about primary brain tumors.
Spinal tumors grow in the spinal cord, spinal column (backbone) or nerve roots stemming from the spinal cord. They can be noncancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant), and primary or metastatic. Find out about spinal tumors at the Neurosurgical Spinal Tumors Clinic.