Penn Neuro-Oncology

Neuro-Oncology Treatments

Penn's Neuro-Oncology program provides a comprehensive complement of treatments for patients with malignant (cancerous) tumors of the brain and spinal cord and other cancer-related neurological, central and peripheral nervous system problems.

The latest medical, surgical and therapeutic approaches are utilized at Penn Medicine, including:

  • Radiation therapy: Penn's radiation oncologists utilize special techniques to maximize the impact of radiation and minimize the affect on normal surrounding body tissue.
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
  • Gamma Knife® non-invasive stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Brachytherapy
  • Proton beam therapy
  • Neurosurgery
  • Intraoperative MRI-based neuronavigation for image-guided neurosurgery.
  • Awake craniotomy with intraoperative speech and motor mapping
  • Frameless MRI-based stereotactic biopsy
  • Targeted surgical therapeutics and brachytherapy delivery
  • Genetic testing for brain tumors
  • Latest treatment advances: Penn Medicine is the region's only participant in the National Cancer Institute-funded New Approaches to Brain Tumor Therapy (NABTT) Consortium, allowing access to novel clinical trials.
  • Clinical trials utilizing novel chemotherapies
  • Anti-tumor vaccines and other immunotherapies
  • Biologic response modifiers and genetic-based therapies
  • Therapies not offered anywhere else in the region

Advancing Cancer Care

Penn Neurosurgery and the Abramson Cancer Center provide an integrative and comprehensive treatment approach for patients whose cancer involves the brain and nervous system. Neuro-oncologists, medical oncologists, neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists and a wide variety of supportive care providers combine their expertise to offer a full range of cutting-edge diagnostic, therapeutic and investigational options for these patients.

Making a Difference

A wide variety of support services are available to neuro-oncology program patients. These include:

  • Counseling: A full-time social worker dedicated to providing support and assistance to brain tumor patients and their families
  • Brain Tumor Support Group: Patients and their families share experiences while gaining support and knowledge.
  • Rehabilitation: Specialists work with patients to maximize quality of life during and after cancer treatment.
  • At-home Services: Patients are able to maintain independence while receiving a variety of clinical and support services at home.