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Conditions We Treat: Brain and Spine Tumors

Radiation therapy is usually a critical part of treatment for brain and spine tumors. For patients with benign brain or spine tumors, radiation is an alternative to surgery. Radiation can also be used to treat large areas of the brain in patients with malignant tumors that arise in the brain. Radiation oncologists at Johns Hopkins use their specialized expertise, multidisciplinary treatment planning and research studies to optimize treatment outcomes for patients with brain and spine tumors.

Brain and Spine Tumors: Why Choose Johns Hopkins

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  • Expertise: The expertise behind our technology is what makes John Hopkins stand out in the field of radiation oncology for brain and spine tumors. For example, our radiation oncologists pioneered the aggressive application of radiation to treat brain tumor metastasis. Patients may be given radiation therapy to continue targeting and killing cancer cells during their breaks from chemotherapy. Our work in this area has prompted other hospitals to offer this treatment to their patients. Even if cancer originates in another part of the body, physicians will refer patients to our radiation oncologists to treat cancer that has spread to the brain or spine.
  • Experience: Our team has years of experience treating a wide range of brain tumors, including meningiomas, acoustic neuromas, gliomas and glioblastomas, chordomas and metastatic tumors.
  • Multidisciplinary team: During treatment planning, our radiation oncologists consult with a team of experts from different departments within Johns Hopkins. Our neurosurgeons use their expertise in anatomy to help us precisely target the tumors during radiation treatment.  
  • Research: Through advanced research, we’re improving treatment outcomes for patients with metastatic brain cancer. We have intensified our radiation treatment regimens to increase survival rates and improve patients’ quality of life. 
 
 
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Our Team of Brain and Spine Tumor Specialists

Our radiation oncologists develop and deliver quality treatment plans that target brain and spine tumors with accuracy and precision.

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Croog, Victoria Jane, M.D.

Department of Radiation Oncology, Sibley Memorial Hospital
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Brain Cancer, Brain Metastases, Breast Cancer, CNS Autoimmune/Inflammatory Disorders, Gastrointestinal Cancers, Gynecologic Cancers, Primary central nervous system (CNS) lymphoma, Radiation Oncology, Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy
 
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Kleinberg, Lawrence Richard, M.D.

Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Associate Professor of Oncology
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Brain Metastases, Brain Tumors, Cancer, Esophageal Cancer, Glioblastoma, Gliomas, Image-Guided Radiation Therapy, Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Neurology, Neurosurgery, Radiation Oncology, Spinal Metastases, Stereotactic Radiosurgery
 
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Page, Brandi Rachel, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Brain Cancer, Brain Tumors, Head and Neck Cancers, Image-Guided Radiation Therapy, Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Radiation Oncology, Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy, Stereotactic Radiosurgery
 
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Redmond, Kristin Janson, M.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Associate Professor of Oncology
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Acoustic Neuromas, Brain Tumors, External Beam Radiation Therapy, Gliomas, Metastatic Brain Tumors, Pituitary Adenoma, Radiation Oncology, Spinal Tumors, Stereotactic Radiosurgery
 

Our Brain and Spine Tumor Treatments

Our radiation oncologists use the following types of radiation therapy to treat brain and spine tumors:

  • Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT): This radiation technology delivers very high doses of focused radiation to a small area. It is used for brain and spine tumors that are very confined. Patients complete treatment within just one to five days.
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT): For benign and malignant tumors that have spread to the normal areas of the brain or spine, IMRT is used to deliver targeted radiation beams in real time. For tumors that started in the brain or spine, IMRT is used to carefully treat the tumor as well as a large portion of the normal brain or spine tissue over a period of about six weeks.
  • Brachytherapy: Radioactive implants are placed as close to the cancer as possible. Since the implant placement is invasive, brachytherapy is rarely used for brain and spine tumors. Brachytherapy may be used when SBRT hasn’t proven successful.

Our Research

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  • We are constantly looking for new ways to stop metastatic brain tumors from continuing to spread.
  • For malignant tumors that arise in the brain, we’re doing research to improve the efficacy of radiation treatments by combining them with new drug therapies or changing the way radiation is given.
  • We are researching new ways to reduce the risk of injury to the normal brain during radiation treatment.  

Our Locations

Johns Hopkins Hospital

We offer several convenient locations throughout the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., metropolitan area that provide radiation treatment for brain and spine tumors.

  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Johns Hopkins Health Care & Surgery Center - Green Spring Station
  • Johns Hopkins Health Care & Surgery Center – Bethesda
  • Sibley Memorial Hospital
     

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