Brain Tumor Diagnosis and Treatment

The brain tumor experts at UC San Diego Health include dedicated neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, neuro-oncologists, neuroradiologists, and neuropathologists to help develop and implement your specific treatment plan.

Our Comprehensive Services

  • Neurological evaluations, MRI, Restriction Spectrum Imaging, and MRI-guided biopsy for definitive diagnoses
  • Consultations with neuro-oncologists to develop your treatment plan
  • Rapid referral to other specialists
  • A Brain Tumor Board that reviews cases and develops a coordinated management plan
  • Molecular and genetic testing to analyze tumors and tailor cancer treatments

Our Treatment Options

  • Optune™, a portable device that uses alternating electric fields to treat glioblastoma
  • Neuroblate™ laser ablation therapy to treat tumors using laser light energy
  • MRI-guided laser technology
  • Surgery, including techniques developed at UC San Diego Health.
  • Proton therapy, which uses a high-energy beam of protons to target and irradiate tumors
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery, a form of high-precision, high-dose radiation therapy
  • Drug therapy
  • Access to clinical trials investigating the latest immunotherapies and vaccine therapy as well as traditional methods

Conditions We Treat

The most common conditions we treat are:

  • Glioma
  • Glioblastoma (including astrocytoma, oligodendroglioma, and oligoastrocytoma)
  • Brain metastases

We also treat the following more rare conditions:

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Personalized Care

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UC San Diego Health uses genetic testing to analyze tumors and customize your treatment. See Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy.