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Glioma Center

Glioma is a common type of tumor originating in the brain, originating in the glial cells that surround and support neurons in the brain.

The multidisciplinary team of world-class specialists from several departments within Johns Hopkins Medicine works together to deliver seamless, comprehensive treatment plans informed by the latest research.

Learn about a new clinical trial testing a combination of medicines for the treatment of glioma.

Johns Hopkins offers a specialized team within the Brain Tumor Center for the treatment of gliomas. To request an appointment, please call 410-955-6406.

What You Need to Know

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  • There are several different kinds of glioma that vary in cell characteristics, location and severity, including astrocytoma (including glioblastoma), brain stem glioma, ependymoma, mixed glioma, oligodendroglioma and optic nerve glioma.
  • Symptoms may include headache, seizures, weakness in the arms, face or legs, numbness or speech problems.
  • Gliomas are diagnosed by MRI or other brain imaging, along with a biopsy to determine the type and grade.
  • Treatment may include observation, surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or a combination of these modalities.

Patient Resources

Why choose Johns Hopkins for treatment of glioma?

Neurosurgeon Henry Brem

Our Team

The multidisciplinary team includes experts in neurosurgery, neurology, critical care, nursing, radiology, physical and occupational therapy, ophthalmology and speech-language pathology.

Meet Our Neurosurgeons

Bettegowda, Chetan
Brem, Henry
Gallia, Gary
Jackson, Christopher
Mukherjee, Raj
Tamargo, Rafael
Weingart, Jon


Blakeley, Jaishri
Laterra, John
Schreck, Karisa

Nurses and Physician Assistants

Anderson, Jill, MS, PA-C

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Our Treatments

The Johns Hopkins Glioma Center offers a range of therapies for glioma taking into account location, symptoms, risk and potential benefit for each patient.Learn more about glioma treatment at our Center.

Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Jon Weingart, M.D., discusses low grade gliomas in this podcast.

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Our Research

Brain cancer research at Johns Hopkins is advancing the understanding of brain tumors and creating a fertile environment for innovation and implementation of new therapies to improve survival and quality of life for our patients.

Glioma Brain Tumor | Dave’s Story

Dave, a pilot and a barefoot water-skier, chose Johns Hopkins when he was diagnosed with a low-grade glioma brain tumor. Learn how neurosurgeon Jon Weingart removed the tumor from the language area of Dave’s brain while Dave was awake.

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