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Brain Tumors: Find Your Best Outcome

When you have a brain tumor, choose UVA:

  • The only comprehensive neuro-oncology program in Virginia
  • Where brain tumor treatment is all we do — unlike most hospitals, we have renowned neuro-oncologists who only focus on brain tumors, giving them unparalleled experience
  • A leader in major national clinical trials, giving you potential life-saving options not available elsewhere in the region
  • Where your unique case benefits from in-depth review by a whole team of experts

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Brain Tumors

Discover how UVA treats a range of brain tumors, from glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) to spinal cord tumors.

Brain Tumors: Find Your Best Outcome

When you have a brain tumor, choose UVA:

  • The only comprehensive neuro-oncology program in Virginia
  • Where brain tumor treatment is all we do — unlike most hospitals, we have renowned neuro-oncologists who only focus on brain tumors, giving them unparalleled experience
  • A leader in major national clinical trials, giving you potential life-saving options not available elsewhere in the region
  • Where your unique case benefits from in-depth review by a whole team of experts

Brain tumor diagnosis? Make sure you're getting the best treatment. Get a second opinion

Life-Saving Care for Brain Tumor Patients

  • Watch Debbie talk about her brain tumor diagnosis."I love UVA. It's one-on-one individual treatment. I feel like I'm their only patient."

    For Debbie, getting diagnosed with a brain tumor was devastating.

    But the story didn't end there.

    Watch this video about how coming to UVA gave her a chance to live — and to have the baby she'd always wanted.

Treatment & Innovation

Brain Tumor Research

Glioblastoma has a reputation for being the deadliest of brain cancers, a disease that rapidly spreads with no avail until now. UVA’s Benjamin W. Purow, MD, has identified an enzyme that appears to control multiple signaling pathways in glioblastoma cells – an enzyme that can shut down those pathways and potentially help save lives.  

Find out why this research on glioblastoma could potentially help save lives.

Join a Clinical Trial

  • Tumor Vaccine Trial

    Based on promising results from a phase II clinical trial, Celldex has opened a phase III trial of the tumor vaccine rindopepimut (CDX-110) in patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma. Patients must enroll in the study before beginning radiation and chemotherapy. 

  • Trials for Malignant Tumors

    We have several new clinical trials for patients with malignant brain tumors.

  • Glioma Trial

    UVA, in conjunction with Harvard Medical School, is now offering a new clinical trial for patients with recurrent high-grade glioma (glioblastoma and anaplastic glioma) using a new angiopoietin-neutralizing agent AMG386 with and without bevacizumab (Avastin®).

  • Trial for Gliomas, Glioblastomas

    We are conducting a phase I clinical trial of an anti-angiogenic, anti-endoglin antibody in conjunction with bevacizumab in patients with recurrent anaplastic gliomas and glioblastomas.

Meet the Experts

Excellence: Recognized

  • Drs. James Larner, David Schiff (left) and Mark Shaffrey were all named in the latest edition of America’s Top Doctors; all were also listed in the companion America’s Top Doctors for Cancer.
  • UVA is ranked as one of the top cancer centers in the country by U.S. News & World Report
  • UVA is one of only two National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Clinical Cancer Centers in Virginia. To be recognized by the NCI, a center must have a substantial portfolio of cancer research support and a scientific staff recognized for its cancer research skills in a wide array of scientific areas.

A Team Approach to Treating Brain Tumors

  • Treatment From Every Angle

    Our team — which includes surgeons, medical oncologists, pathologists, nurses, social workers, nutritionists and more — meets regularly to discuss each patient’s care plan and improve patient care.


  • Tumor Boards

    We hold biweekly Tumor Boards, where your doctor meets with other neuro-oncology experts to discuss the best way to approach your individual case.

  • Healing & Practical Support

    We assess and treat other problems related to brain tumors, including:

    • Changes in memory, speech, personality or emotions
    • Challenges with work and school
    • Difficulties with insurance

    Find a variety of support services for people with brain tumors.

Listen to a Podcast

David Schiff, MD, discusses glioblastomas, brain tumor treatment options at UVA, including Gamma Knife, TomoTherapy, chemotherapy and clinical trials.

Listen to Schiff's interview now.

Take a Deeper Dive: Find out more about the UVA Neurosciences Center through patient stories, podcasts and videos.

One Patient's Story

Surviving a Brain Tumor

On the first anniversary of her diagnosis, Michelle Green found herself cancer-free and almost back to normal. She's thankful to the neuro-oncology staff who helped her in her journey through surgery, recovery, treatment and rehab.

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Articles, Videos, Podcasts

 

Surviving a Brain Tumor

On the first anniversary of her diagnosis, Michelle Green found herself cancer-free and almost back to normal. She's thankful to the neuro-oncology staff who helped her in her journey through surgery, recovery, treatment and rehab.

Find more patient stories, podcasts and videos.

Join a Clinical Trial

Why Clinical Trials Matter

Did you know? The two most recently approved therapies for recurrent glioblastoma had their pivotal clinical trials at UVA. Because we play a leading role in finding breakthroughs like this, you can have advanced access to the newest treatments through our clinical trials.