Brain Tumor Conditions We Treat
The neurosurgeons and neuro-oncologists at Cedars-Sinai diagnose, treat and provide second opinions on a wide range of tumors affecting the brain and spinal cord. As a patient, you’ll have access to advanced and highly individualized medical, surgical and minimally invasive options, as well as promising new therapies for treating complex adult and child brain tumors.
Learn more about the brain and spinal tumors we treat:
Low Grade Gliomas
- Low grade astrocytoma
- Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM)
- Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor
- Metastatic brain tumors
- Mixed-malignant gliomas
- Pineal region tumors
- Pineal Tumor
- Primary central nervous system lymphoma
- Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumors (PNETs)
Brain Tumor Treatments
Here are some of the treatments offered at Cedars-Sinai:
- Surgery: This procedure, in which the tumor tissue is physically removed, is often the first step in brain tumor care. It may be used both for diagnosis and treatment.
- Chemotherapy: This treatment uses drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing them or stopping them from dividing. It may be taken by mouth, injected into a vein or muscle, or placed directly into the cerebrospinal fluid
- Radiosurgery: In this procedure, multiple beams of radiation are focused directly on a tumor to destroy it. Because each beam is relatively low-energy and extremely narrow, it leaves most normal tissue unharmed. As a leader in this field, Cedars-Sinai has been the first medical center on the West Coast to offer some of the latest radiosurgery options.
- Radiation therapy: This treatment, which is often prescribed in combination with chemotherapy, uses X-rays to kill cancer cells or stop them from growing. There are two types: External radiation therapy uses a machine located outside the body to send radiation toward the cancer.
- Targeted therapy: These treatments use drugs or other substances to attack cancer cells without harming normal cells. Monoclonal antibody therapy produces immune-system antibodies to kill cancer cells, block their growth or keep them from spreading. Other types of targeted therapies are currently being studied for adult brain tumors. Currently, these therapies don’t play a large role yet in treating brain or spinal cord tumors.
- Immunotherapy: there are two major types of immunotherapy. Cellular immunotherapy means creating a vaccine, most often consisting of immune cells targeting tumor proteins, which is then given back to the patient to help uncover tumor cells which are hiding from the immune system. Immunotherapy medications may be given with the purpose of stimulating the immune system to work harder fighting the tumor
- Active surveillance: This practice simply means closely watching a patient’s condition, but not providing any treatment unless there are changes in test results that show the tumor is getting worse.