Brain Tumor Program

As the region's only comprehensive brain tumor program, UC San Diego Health provides advanced and compassionate care for brain tumors and neurologic complications of cancer.

Nationally Ranked Care for Brain Tumors

UC San Diego Health is repeatedly ranked among the nation's best for both cancer care and neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. We are also the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in San Diego County. This is the highest possible rating for a U.S. cancer center, and it means you'll receive the best possible care and support. Studies show patient outcomes are better at NCI-designated cancer centers. Our specialists also care for more patients with brain tumors than any other San Diego health care system.

Types of Brain Tumors We Treat

Your UC San Diego Health care team treats all types and stages of brain tumors. The most common tumors are:

Brain Tumor Diagnosis

You receive a fast and accurate diagnosis with the most advanced imaging techniques designed specifically for brain tumors. This helps us deliver the treatment you need without delay.

Comprehensive, Personalized Treatments 

At UC San Diego Health, you’ll find specialists who work together to understand your disease and develop a treatment strategy that is unique to you. We offer the most advanced and precise treatment options in the San Diego region.

World-Class Imaging Technology

Our suite of neurosurgical operating rooms offers intraoperative MRI (iMRI) and full 3D/4K technology, which allows us to integrate advanced imaging such as functional MRI (fMRI) and diffusion tensor tractography.

Second Opinions & Video Visits

We offer second opinions on your cancer diagnosis and treatment plan. If you're unable to visit us in person, you may be able to schedule a convenient video visit with a provider.

Brain Tumor Doctors & Surgeons

At UC San Diego Health, your cancer care is led by a multidisciplinary team of doctors who specialize in your type of cancer and help develop the guidelines for brain tumor and brain cancer care nationally. We also have the only board-certified specialists in adult neuro-oncology in San Diego County. Highly specialized multidisciplinary care is a hallmark of top-tier academic medical centers such as UC San Diego Health. For patients like you, it means you receive the highest level of care. Find a provider with expertise in diagnosing and treating brain tumors.

Clinical Trials for Brain Tumors

Advancing Cancer Care

Clinical trials offer early access to the most promising new treatment approaches. As San Diego's only academic health center, we are at the forefront of advancing cancer treatment with immunotherapy, anti-tumor virus therapy, vaccine therapy, drug therapy, advanced surgical techniques, and precision-based cognitive-sparing radiation therapy.

Patient & Family Support Services

At UC San Diego Health, your care goes beyond treating disease. It also includes supporting you and your loved ones emotionally throughout your cancer journey. Most of our support services are free.

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