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Each patient who comes to MD Anderson’s Brain and Spine Center for brain tumor treatment receives customized care from some of the nation’s top experts.

Each patient who comes to MD Anderson’s Brain and Spine Center for brain tumor treatment receives customized care from some of the nation’s top experts.

Neurosurgeon Jeffrey Weinberg, M.D., has years of experience in treating brain tumors. Dr. Weinberg was instrumental in bringing BrainSuite® intraoperative MRI to MD Anderson.

Take it one day at a time, and never give up.

Jeff Huddle

Survivor

From diagnosis through treatment and follow-up, you are the focus of a team of specialists who personalize your therapy for your unique situation.

We have one of the most active programs in the country for treatment of benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancer) brain tumors. This gives us a level of expertise and experience that can translate into more successful outcomes for many brain tumor patients.

Our team approach to care brings together more than 70 highly trained physicians from some 14 areas, all dedicated to brain tumor care or research. Each team is joined by a specially trained support staff. They all work together closely to be sure you receive individualized care.

Specialized, Comprehensive Brain Tumor Care

Successful brain tumor care depends on accurate diagnosis. At the Brain and Spine Center, four neuropathologists focus only on diagnosing brain and spine tumors. This sets us apart from many other cancer centers and helps us target each tumor for optimal outcomes.

Pioneering Brain Tumor Research

Several brain tumor treatments that are standard care around the world were discovered here, including:

  • Berubicin, the first blood-brain penetrating agent
  • Temozolomide, a drug to treat glioblastoma

And, we continue to look at new diagnostic and treatment approaches, including attacking disease on a molecular basis. We are able to offer clinical trials of target therapies in some cases.

We are proud to be one of the few cancer centers in the nation to house a prestigious federally funded brain tumor SPORE (Specialized Program of Research Excellence) program. We’re studying new ways to prevent and treat brain tumors to give patients everywhere futures filled with hope.

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Facts

Understanding a disease is the first step toward finding the right care. Get the facts about brain tumors, including the different types, how it starts and who’s at risk.

Brain tumor facts

Did You Know?

Brain tumors are one of the few cancer types that can strike at any age.

Symptoms

Most cancers have the same symptoms as other, less serious conditions. Still, it’s important to know the signs.

Brain tumor symptoms

Diagnosis

Blood tests, imaging exams and even surgical procedures are used to check for cancer.

Brain tumor diagnosis

Treatment

Common cancer treatments include chemotherapy, radiation treatment and surgery. Doctors select a treatment plan based on your diagnosis and disease stage.

Brain tumor treatment

 

Research

Research fuels our mission to end cancer. Learn how MD Anderson researchers and physician-scientists are fighting cancer by improving prevention, detection and treatment strategies.

Brain tumor research

Clinical Trials

MD Anderson patients have access to clinical trials offering promising new treatments that cannot be
found anywhere else.

Knowledge Center

Find the latest news and information about brain cancer in our Knowledge Center, including blog posts, articles, videos, news releases and more.

myCancerConnection

Talk to someone who shares your cancer diagnosis and be matched with a survivor.

Prevention & Screening

Many cancers can be prevented with lifestyle changes and regular screening.

Counseling

MD Anderson has licensed social workers to help patients and their loved ones cope with cancer.

BY Meagan Raeke

Tate Landin was 23 and training for his first deployment with the U.S. Army when he began to notice his brain tumor symptoms.

“About once a month I would smell this sharp, metallic scent and my arms would tingle,” Tate says. He would later learn the brief episodes were symptoms of a left temporal lobe brain tumor, but at the time, he was diagnosed with anxiety attacks and cleared for duty. 

Tate deployed to Afghanistan...