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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:

Online Second Opinions

If you've received a diagnosis that requires neurosurgery and would like one of our neurosurgeons to review your X-rays and other imaging studies, UC San Diego Health offers online imaging reviews. It's an easy and affordable way to help you make an informed decision before neurosurgery. For more information, see Online Second Opinions.

Appointments & Referrals


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Meet Our Specialists

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.