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Brain Cancer


Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center experts at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., and Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, have expertise in managing primary brain tumors, defined as tumors that start in the brain. The brain cancer team also works in conjunction with other cancer specialists for patients who develop brain tumors spread from primary cancers in other locations.


Tailored Cancer Treatments

Our fellowship-trained medical and radiation oncologists, a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician trained in oncology, as well as a dedicated nurse practitioner and a social worker, work together to support each patient’s experience. Our experts participate in a weekly tumor board conference to discuss new patient cases with additional brain cancer specialists, including neurosurgeons, at our main campus in East Baltimore. Patients at our center benefit from the wisdom of our multidisciplinary team and have access to clinical trials. Each patient participates in forming an individualized care plan that maximizes the opportunity for a successful outcome.

  • Novel Cancer Treatments

    Our brain cancer experts offer a range of treatment options, including chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. The team performs genetic testing on each tumor to look for mutations that may help guide therapy decisions. Watch to learn more about genetic testing.

  • Proton Therapy

    Some cancers may benefit from proton therapy, which uses high energy beams to deliver radiation. The Johns Hopkins Proton Therapy Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital is one of the largest and most advanced centers in the U.S.


Proton Therapy Delivers Targeted Treatment to Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors

Dr. Christina Tsien discusses using sophisticated technology to treat brain and spinal cord tumors while sparing healthy tissue.



Patients can receive most of their care at locations within the greater Washington region but may be referred to our East Baltimore location for some neurosurgeries. The Sibley team also has a cancer rehabilitation physiatrist familiar with neurological conditions including brain tumors.

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