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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Life-Saving Care for Brain Tumor Patients
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.