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Conditions We Treat: Rare Tumors
Rare tumors may develop in any part of the body and are all treated differently. Depending on the tumor location, tumor origin and health status of the patient, radiation therapy may be a noninvasive treatment option for patients with rare tumors. As a nationally ranked hospital for specialized cancer care, Johns Hopkins uses integrated consultations, specialized radiation expertise and individualized treatment planning to safely and effectively treat patients with rare tumors.
Rare Tumors: Why Choose Johns Hopkins
- Integrated consultations: Diagnosing and treating a rare tumor usually involves a multidisciplinary approach. At Johns Hopkins, we offer integrated consultations with radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, surgical oncologists and medical oncologists.
- Experienced physicians: Our specialty-trained physicians have experience treating some of the rarest tumors in the U.S. and the world. Most of our radiation oncologists have authored publications on rare tumors in their disease site of expertise.
- Collaborative tumor boards: Our radiation oncologists participate in a variety of tumor boards. In fact, it is not uncommon for a Johns Hopkins physician to present a rare case to more than one type of tumor board or reach out to colleagues to collaborate on a national or international level.
- Individualized treatment plans: We develop individualized treatment plans that include specialized recommendations from experts in the field. Our radiation oncologists work closely with radiation physicists and dosimetrists (treatment planners) in clinical settings to provide safe and effective radiation treatments.
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Our Team of Rare Tumor Specialists
Many rare tumors are managed using a treatment plan that’s based on the cell of origin. Our expert radiation oncologists may be consulted on rare tumor cases based on their specific expertise of the area where the tumor occurs.
Our Rare Tumor Treatments
Our radiation oncologists use the following types of radiation therapy to treat rare tumors:
- Intensity-modulated radiation (IMRT)
- Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT)
- Electron therapy
- Intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT)
At Johns Hopkins, we conduct innovative clinical and leading-edge basic science research to improve radiation treatment outcomes for patients with rare tumors.
Johns Hopkins offers several convenient locations throughout the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., region that provide radiation therapy for head and neck cancers.
- The Johns Hopkins Hospital
- Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
- Johns Hopkins Health Care & Surgery Center - Green Spring Station
- Sibley Memorial Hospital
- Johns Hopkins Health Care & Surgery Center – Bethesda
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