Radiation Oncology


Brain/Central Nervous System/Pituitary Cancer

Patients who choose Penn Radiation Oncology for the treatment of their brain, central nervous system or pituitary cancer are placing their trust in a team of award-winning clinicians who are renowned for their experience and expertise. At Penn, patients have access to the most advanced technologies and treatments available for their cancer, including proton therapy and Gamma Knife®.

Brain tumors occur with the growth of abnormal cells in the tissues of the brain. Brain tumors can be benign (not cancer) or malignant (cancer). External beam radiation therapy is often used for brain tumors, both as primary treatment for unresectable tumors and in addition to surgery. Radiation therapy can also be given to a very focused area of the brain using a technique called stereotactic radiosurgery.

Drawing upon its extensive understanding of brain, central nervous system or pituitary cancers, the Penn Radiation Oncology team designs a treatment plan that is tailored to the individual patients. The team is particularly experienced in the use of radiation therapy for all stages of cancers of the brain, spinal cord, central nervous system and pituitary gland. It is also actively involved in research to evaluate the use of proton therapy in treating brain cancer.


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