The Penn Brain Tumor Center provides an integrative and comprehensive treatment approach for those with benign (non-cancerous), malignant (cancerous) ormetastatic brain tumors.
The options for the treatment of brain tumors include:
Patients are involved in all decisions for care. Every case is reviewed each week by the center's tumor board, a multidisciplinary team of world-renowned specialists from the fields of neurology, neurosurgery, radiation oncology, neuropathology, neuroradiology, rehabilitation medicine, neuro-psychiatry and social work.
Research Leads to Advanced Treatment
We are the Philadelphia region's only participant in the National Cancer Institute-funded Adult Brain Tumor Consortium, allowing access to novel clinical trials and therapies not offered anywhere else in the region, such as:
- Clinical trials utilizing novel chemotherapies
- Anti-tumor vaccines and other immunotherapies
- Biologic response modifiers and genetic-based therapies
At Penn, functional recovery is as important as scientific discovery. A wide variety of support services are available to patients in the neuro-oncology program. These include:
- Counseling: A full-time social worker supports and assists patients with brain tumors 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.