Cancers of the brain include glioblastoma, glioma, craniopharyngioma, pituitary adenoma, pineal tumor, and meningioma.
At NewYork-Presbyterian, doctors from multiple specialties collaborate to develop and carry out a treatment plan for each patient with brain cancer. Depending on a patient's tumor type, size, and location as well as his/her age and overall physical health, we may offer surgery (if the tumor is operable) and/or a combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. While the primary goal of cancer treatment is eradicating the tumor, our doctors are sensitive to the impact treatment may have on each patient's ability to function and design therapeutic strategies with this in mind.
Children and adults with brain tumors often require different treatment approaches. In children, for example, physicians have to weigh the effectiveness of a therapy against its potential for adverse effects on each child's maturation and health many years later.
Lastly, NewYork-Presbyterian is a major academic medical center. Our clinicians and laboratory investigators work closely together to identify potential new therapies for brain cancers, and we offer patients new, experimental therapies through our clinical trials.