Neuro-Oncology

Brain Tumor Program

For patients diagnosed with a brain tumor, nationally renowned UH Seidman Cancer offers the latest advancements in diagnosis and treatment. Ranked as one of the best cancer hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report for over 20 consecutive years, UH Seidman Cancer Center is part of the National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine – one of an elite group of 51 such comprehensive cancer hospitals nationwide.


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Providing Personalized, Compassionate Care for Patients with Brain Tumors

Patients can be confident that they will receive the most advanced medical care possible at UH Seidman Cancer Center. Working as a tightly knit multidisciplinary group, our surgeons, oncologists and cancer care support team provide a comprehensive cancer care program of diagnosis, treatment, clinical research trials and support, aiming for a cancer cure.

What Is a Brain Tumor?

A brain tumor is a growth or mass of abnormal cells in the brain. A number of different types of brain tumors exist, some of which are cancerous (malignant), while others are noncancerous (benign). Tumors can develop initially in the brain (primary brain tumors) or else begin in other parts of the body and spread to the brain as secondary brain tumors (metastatic brain tumors).

What Are Brain Tumor Symptoms?

When a tumor grows into or presses on part of the brain, it may prevent that part of the brain from functioning correctly. Although both malignant and benign brain tumors cause signs and symptoms, symptoms do not manifest the same in every person.

Specific signs of brain tumors depend on the following:

  • Where in the brain the tumor forms
  • Function(s) of the affected part of the brain
  • Size of the tumor

Brain cancer symptoms may include:

  • Morning headache or headache that goes away after vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Vision, hearing and speech problems
  • Loss of appetite
  • Frequent nausea and vomiting
  • Changes in personality, mood, ability to focus or behavior
  • Loss of balance and trouble walking
  • Weakness
  • Unusual sleepiness or change in activity level

Note that possible brain cancer symptoms can be caused by other types of tumors of the central nervous systems as well as by other conditions. Consult your doctor if you have any of the above symptoms.

Personalized Brain Tumor Treatment

A nationally recognized cancer program, UH Seidman Cancer Center has expertise in both standard and complex care for brain tumors. Working with specialists from University Hospitals Neurological Institute’s Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology Center, our multidisciplinary team of experts has devised innovative, minimally invasive approaches to treatment and participates in the most advanced clinical trials from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Adult Brain Tumor Consortium.

We offer the five primary treatments for brain tumors, personalizing treatment plans based on each patient’s unique needs. The primary types of treatment for brain tumors are:

Innovative Research Leads to New Opportunities in Care

University Hospitals is an affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, a nationally recognized leader in clinical research. UH Seidman Cancer Center currently conducts a number of clinical trials for patients with brain tumors, giving patients access to new and innovative therapies and treatment options.

Learn more about our available clinical trials

Why Choose UH Seidman Cancer Center for Brain Cancer Treatment?

Member of the Adult Brain Tumor Consortium, a consortium of 11 elite Centers of Excellence for brain tumors.

The first stereotactic radiosurgery suite in Ohio to offer Gamma Knife® technology for malignant and benign brain tumors

The first hospital in Ohio to offer proton therapy – an innovative, technologically advanced cancer treatment

The second provider east of the Mississippi to offer Medtronic’s Stealth Autoguide precision robotic platform for brain surgery

The first cancer center to offer GammaTile®, a form of radiation that dissolves in the patient’s brain after placement at the end of brain surgery

One of the leading centers in the country for minimally invasive (Laser Interstitial Thermotherapy) combined with immunotherapy

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Andy’s Story – Surviving Brain Cancer 5 Years Later

Andy Simon five years after

Three college graduations. Three family weddings. The births of two grandchildren. Andy “Superman” Simon has cherished each of these milestones since he was diagnosed five years ago with a glioblastoma multiforme.

Frances’ Story: The Stars Align

Frances Noonan

After years of catering to the stars, Frances Noonan has an eye for the best. The Colorado woman also knows one’s luck can change in an instant, and traveling for a better experience can be well worth the trip.

Dedicated Team of Cancer Care Experts

Just as each patient is unique, we believe that cancer treatment should be customized to fit the individual. As such, we offer patients a multidisciplinary team approach to treatment, where all our cancer doctors, nurses and support staff coordinate your care. In addition to fellowship-trained physicians, surgeons and radiologists, our compassionate, highly trained team of cancer experts includes:

  • Genetic counselors
  • Medical geneticists
  • Medical oncologists
  • Nurse navigators
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Pathologists
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Radiologists
  • Social workers
  • Surgical oncologists

Furthermore, our team meets weekly to conduct a disease-specific tumor board review. In a tumor board review, every patient’s case is read and discussed among a team of national experts at the meeting. The review process ensures that all realistic treatment options are considered.