At the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Brain Tumor Center, each patient will receive the best brain tumor treatment available, delivered with compassion. The specific treatment will depend on many things, including:
- The type, size and location of the tumor
- Whether it is benign or malignant
- The patient’s general health and preferences regarding potential treatment options
What are the Options for Treating a Brain Tumor
Jon Weingart, MD, discusses options for treating a brain tumor. Dr Weingart is a neurosurgeon and professor of Neurological Surgery and Oncology at Johns Hopkins Medicine.
The primary treatments for brain tumors are:
Surgery is the most common treatment for a brain tumor. The patient may have one treatment or a combination of treatments.
Other treatment options include two state-of-the-art treatments for malignant brain tumors discovered and developed by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Brain Tumor Center:
Both treatments are now used nationwide.
Keeping a close watch on a brain tumor without any immediate treatment — observation — may also be an option.
Brain Tumor Clinical Trials:
Some treatments are available through clinical trials. The Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Brain Tumor Center plays a leading role nationally in designing and conducting clinical trials in brain tumors.
Learn more about brain tumor clinical trials at Johns Hopkins.
Treatment for children with brain tumors will be somewhat different. Their developing brains and bodies require special care.
A customized treatment plan:
As part of one of the largest brain tumor centers in the world, Johns Hopkins doctors treat hundreds of patients every year. A team of doctors with expertise in the patient’s type of brain tumor will work together to recommend the most effective and safest treatment options and deliver expert care.
Understanding the treatment options:
A neurosurgeon who specializes in the patient’s type of brain tumor will lead the brain tumor care team. The neurosurgeon, often with the help of a nurse or a physician assistant, will help the patient understand the brain tumor. They will discuss the recommended treatment plan and other options so that the patient can make good decisions about care.
How is a Brain Tumor Treatment Plan Developed
Jon Weingart, MD, discusses how a treatment plan is created. Dr Weingart is a neurosurgeon and professor of Neurological Surgery and Oncology at Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Receiving care and support:
A nurse, physician assistant or medical affairs coordinator will work closely with the neurosurgeon to coordinate each patient’s care. This includes making appointments to see other doctors at Johns Hopkins or for tests or treatments.
The patient will also receive written information about:
- Brain tumors
- Who to contact within the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Brain Tumor Center and The Johns Hopkins Hospital
- The trip to Johns Hopkins
- Medications the patient may need to take
- Surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy for brain tumors at Johns Hopkins
- Research on brain tumors being conducted at Johns Hopkins
- Support services