Neuro-Oncology Program

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At Penn Medicine, our neuro-oncology team provides comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis and treatment for those with malignant tumors of the brain and spinal cord and other cancer-related neurological problems of the central and peripheral nervous system.

A Multidisciplinary Team

All patient cases are reviewed by a multidisciplinary team of world-renowned experts that includes physicians and other health care providers from the fields of neurology, neurosurgery, radiation oncology, neuropathology, neuroradiology, rehabilitation medicine, neuro-psychiatry and social work. Penn's neuro-oncologists are closely associated with medical oncologists for the treatment of tumors that involve other organs of the body.

The tumor board meets weekly to map out the best treatment plan, individually tailored for all patients. This assures that patients are offered the most up-to-date therapies appropriate for their cancer. The ultimate goal is to provide the best chance for a cure while preserving quality of life for every patient.

Setting the Standard for Care in the Region

Our physicians are committed to research and are leaders in the development and testing of the latest treatment approaches. This ensures that the latest technological advances, including the most effective imaging methods, surgical techniques and management strategies are available to every person under our care.

Neuro-Oncology Diagnosis and Evaluation

Penn Neuro-Oncology offers several diagnostic tools not available elsewhere in the Philadelphia area, including:

  • High-resolution MRI (3T) using the most powerful magnet available in the country.
  • Advanced MRI techniques including magnetic resonance spectroscopy and perfusion.
  • Positron emission tomography (PET) scanning.

Advancing Cancer Care

Penn Neurosurgery and the Abramson Cancer Center provide an integrative and comprehensive treatment approach for those 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, including:

Making a Difference

A wide variety of support services are available for those in our Neuro-Oncology Program. 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.