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Treatment for Brain Tumors
The Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Brain Tumor Center offers each patient the best brain tumor treatment available, delivered with insight and compassion. Your 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, including specialize approaches to children with brain tumors since children's developing brains and bodies require special care.
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.
Brain treatments include:
- Observation: Keeping a close watch on a brain tumor without any immediate treatment may be an option.
- Surgery: Surgery is the most common approach to brain tumors. The patient may have one procedure or a combination of treatments.
- Radiation therapy
- Newer therapies, including MRI-guided laser ablation and TT fields (tumor-treating fields)
Other treatment options include GLIADEL® wafer and GliaSite Radiation Therapy System (RTS). These therapies for malignant brain tumors were discovered and developed by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Brain Tumor Center, and both of these treatments are now used nationwide.
Brain Tumor 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.
As colleagues at one of the largest brain tumor centers in the world, Johns Hopkins doctors treat hundreds of patients every year and are familiar with even rare brain tumors. A team of doctors with expertise in your type of brain tumor will work together to recommend the most effective and safest treatment options and deliver expert care tailored to your individual situation.
Understanding Your Options
Your team is headed by a neurosurgeon who specializes in the type of brain tumor that is affecting you. Your neurosurgeon, often with the help of a nurse or a physician assistant, will work with you to help you better understand the brain tumor, so you can work with your team to make more informed choices about your treatment plan and other care options.
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.
Care and support:
A nurse, physician assistant or medical affairs coordinator will work closely with the neurosurgeon to coordinate your care and assist you in making appointments to see other doctors at Johns Hopkins or for tests or treatments. You will also receive written information about:
- Brain tumors
- Whom to contact within the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Brain Tumor Center and The Johns Hopkins Hospital
- The trip to Johns Hopkins
- Medications your doctor may prescribe for you
- Surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy for brain tumors
- Research on brain tumors being conducted at Johns Hopkins
- Support services
Request an Appointment
Please fax your latest MRI reports and referrals (if necessary) to 410-955-8263.
Request an Appointment
Adult Neurology: 410-955-9441
Pediatric Neurology: 410-955-4259
Adult Neurosurgery: 410-955-6406
Pediatric Neurosurgery: 410-955-7337
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