University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5902
Providing team-based treatment and support to all patients with brain tumors
The brain is a complex organ. When it's affected by cancer or other non-cancerous tumors the latest diagnostic and treatment techniques available are needed for treatment. The University of Michigan has been at the forefront of neurological and neurosurgical care, education and research for over 90 years. We emphasize compassionate care, personalized attention, and involvement of the patients in decision-making - to help preserve the quality of life of the patients we treat.
Key features of our program include:
Weekly Brain Tumor Board, where patients are discussed by our team to review cases and determine which method of treatment would be best for the individual patient.
Weekly Multi-disciplinary Clinic, where adult patients may see a neuro-oncologist, neurosurgeon and radiation oncologist in the same setting.
Neuro-oncology Clinic which is staffed by 2 neuro-oncologists, who emphasize comprehensive care in addition to chemotherapy and anti-angiogenic therapy (drugs that attack the abnormal blood vessels in tumors).
Neurosurgery Clinic where our neurosurgeons see patients who may benefit from surgical intervention - when possible, we emphasize minimally invasive surgery, in which tumors may be removed through the nose or by passing a scope into the brain.
Part of the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of 39 centers in the U.S. to earn the National Cancer Institute's "Comprehensive" designation - and the only one in Michigan to also be in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. It receives the most NCI grants for research and is a leader in stem cell research. Offering these experts under one roof contributes to advances in treatment and research that benefit patients with brain tumors and neurological complications of cancer.
Neuro-ophthalmology Clinic, which treats vision problems/disorders that are associated with the brain.
Pediatric Brain Tumor Clinic, where children with brain tumors are seen by specialists in pediatric neurosurgery and pediatric neuro-oncology.
Pituitary Clinic, one of the busiest in the country, where patients are managed by a neurosurgeon and endocrinologist with advanced expertise in using multiple approaches to treat pituitary tumors.
Radiation Oncology, one of the leading departments in the country, known for its contributions to accurate image-guided targeting of radiation.
Skull Base Clinic, staffed by head-and-neck surgeons as well as neurosurgeons with special training and expertise in removing tumors behind the nose, deep to the ear, and underneath the brain.
We also offer radiosurgery treatments for brain tumors using the latest technology, delivered by a medical team who are leaders in their fields. Sterotactic radiosurgery can be the preferred option in certain smaller tumors. Radiosurgery also may be used if there is more than one tumor being treated, which saves the patient from undergoing multiple procedures.
All patients who come to U-M for radiosurgery treatment for brain tumors are evaluated by a neurosurgeon and a radiation oncologist, who ensure you receive the optimal treatment and care for your condition. Your treatment will be coordinated with other specialists including a radiation physicist, radiation technician and dosimitrist who makes sure that the prescribed dose of radiation is delivered by the therapy plan. As a leader in radiation methods and processes we make the use of radiation therapy as safe as possible.
We use the most advanced technology available - advanced linear accelerators, or LINAC, for treatment, because of the advantages it has when compared to other technologies we've evaluated, such as the CyberKnife and Gamma Knife. This includes the ability to treat all types of tumors in an extremely precise manner, permitting us to make finer adjustments. The LINAC also can be used to successfully target small lesions or deep, inaccessible lesions.