Brain tumors are a large family of tumors that range from very slow-growing tumors that do not invade the brain tissue much and are therefore easily removed with surgery, to more common tumors that are aggressive, invade the brain tissue and may not be easily removed through surgery.
Tumors that originate within the brain are called primary malignant brain tumors. Tumors that spread to the brain from a primary tumor elsewhere in the body are called metastatic brain tumors. Sometimes when a single metastatic brain tumor is present, it can be easily removed during surgery depending upon the location. In other cases, multiple tumors are present in all parts of the brain, making removal or treatment more difficult.
Why choose the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) for brain tumor treatment?
A multidisciplinary team is essential when it comes to treating a brain tumor. Our team at the CTRC includes:
- Neurosurgeons who specialize in cancer-related surgery
- Radiation oncologists who specialize in the treatment of brain tumors
- Neuro-oncologists, doctors who are specially trained medical oncologists with certification in neuro-oncology
- Neuropathologists who specialize in brain tumor pathology
- Neuro-radiologists who specialize in brain and spine imaging
- Rehabilitation and physiotherapy teams
- Social workers
- Palliative care experts
As a patient at the CTRC, you’ll benefit from comprehensive evaluations, have your case discussed with the CTRC’s team at regularly conducted cancer conferences and receive comprehensive care in a compassionate manner. We have clinical-trial-based treatments available and our neuro-oncology team partners with the National Cancer Institute and other organizations for clinical trial-based treatment options for all of our patients.
Clinical trials at the CTRC
As a cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), we offer care delivered by teams that specialize in all phases of clinical trials for patients ranging from the recently diagnosed to those who have already undergone other types of treatment.
You may also qualify for experimental treatments and first-in-human clinical trials.
Make an appointment
To request an appointment with our team or to make a referral to one of our physicians, please call the CTRC main number: (210) 450-1000 or 800-340-2872 or email CTRCReferral@uthscsa.edu.