Treatment of Brain Tumors

As a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, Roswell Park offers the latest procedures, using state-of-the-art tools and medications, plus advancements that make treatments safer and more effective than ever before. 

The main treatment for many brain tumors — surgery — now involves minimally invasive techniques and uses cutting-edge visualization techniques, advanced intraoperative neuromonitoring, and stereotactic navigation in the brain.

Your treatment for a brain tumor will be based on several factors, including:

  • The type of brain cell from which the tumor grew — for example, an astrocyte or oligodendrocyte
  • The tumor’s location, including assessment of the critical functions performed by that area of the brain
  • Your age and medical conditions
  • The grade of your tumor and the pattern of tumor spread
  • Whether your tumor can be completely removed
  • Molecular and genetic markers of your tumor

Roswell Park’s comprehensive care means that your neurosurgery, oncology, and radiation medicine teams work together to provide the best therapies — and the optimal sequence of these treatments — for you. Your personalized treatment plan for a brain or central nervous system tumor will likely include one or more of the following:

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The SurVaxM vaccine for glioblastoma

Developed here at Roswell Park, SurVaxM, is a type of immunotherapy for glioblastoma, an aggressive type of malignant brain tumor. SurVaxM has shown positive results in early-phase clinical trials and large, multicenter studies are beginning. For information about enrolling in this clinical trial, please call 1-800-ROSWELL (1-800-767-9355).

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