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Treatment for Brain Cancer
Treatment for brain cancer is available at Moffitt Cancer Center through our Neuro-Oncology Program. The multispecialty team of surgeons, radiation oncologists, pathologists and other medical experts in our brain cancer program holds regular tumor board meetings to collaboratively review each patient’s case, ensuring each patient receives an individualized treatment plan that takes into account many complex factors, including the size, location and nature of the tumor, as well as the patient’s age, medical history and overall health. Our patients benefit from the convenience of receiving comprehensive diagnosis and treatment services, as well as supportive care, all at the same location.
The purpose of brain cancer treatment is to remove the tumor and destroy any remaining cancer cells. The methods of treatment we may recommend include:
- Surgery – Surgery is often used to remove as much of the tumor as possible. Our skilled neurosurgeons are highly experienced in performing advanced procedures such as awake craniotomies, biopsies, craniectomies and neuroendoscopies.
- Chemotherapy – Chemotherapy can be delivered systemically, using cytotoxic drugs that travel through the bloodstream, or as a targeted therapy using cytostatic drugs that can help prevent the spread or recurrence of brain tumors.
- Radiation therapy – Several methods of radiation therapy that we use involve state-of-the-art imaging technology for improved effectiveness and accuracy, such as three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3D CRT), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT).
- Other therapies – Immunological, biological, genetic and hormone therapies are available, including antisense therapy, interferon therapy and interleukin therapy.
Additionally, Moffitt continues to research innovative treatment options for brain cancer through robust clinical trials, which offer our patients access to treatments that are not yet widely available elsewhere. Because of our dedication to staying at the forefront of cancer research, we have become the only cancer center based in Florida to have earned the designation of Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. We remain committed to providing our patients with a treatment plan that best suits their needs, so each patient can enjoy a higher quality of life.
To learn more about receiving treatment for brain cancer at Moffitt Cancer Center, complete a new patient registration form online or call 1-888-663-3488. No referral is necessary to schedule an appointment.