Brain Tumor Program

The Brain Tumor Center at the University of Chicago was established in response to the desire to coordinate specialized neuro-oncologic care of patients with primary and metastatic tumors of the central nervous system, including but not limited to:

  • Glioma, including glioblastoma
  • Ependymoma
  • Hemangioblastoma
  • Meningioma
  • Primitive neuroectodermal tumors
  • Ganglioglioma
  • Metastasis

The Brain Tumor Center at the University of Chicago Medicine offers a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach that incorporates the insights of neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuro-oncologists, radiation oncologists, neuro-pathologists, neuro-radiologists, neuro-otologists and neuro-opthalmologists. Such an approach ensures patients get a treatment plan that attacks the disease from all possible angles.

Treatment options are as varied as the types of tumors our team may see. Patients can rest assured that, since no two individuals or brain tumors are alike, we review each case with an emphasis on what is right for the patient. Treatment may include:

  • Stereotactic radiosurgery with 3-D neuroimaging
  • Endoscopic neurosurgery
  • Image-guided laser ablation
  • Skull-base surgery
  • Computer-assisted neurosurgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery

In addition to this multidisciplinary management, patients may qualify for innovative clinical trials that offer access to new and emerging therapies that are not yet widely available. Our own neurosurgeons are also dedicated academicians, who are aggressively investigating the deeper cellular processes that drive brain tumor formation and treatment.