Diagnosis & Treatment at the Brain Tumor Center

The Brain Tumor Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering is home to a multidisciplinary team of nearly 50 physicians who specialize in providing advanced treatment for people with brain tumors. We are among the most experienced centers in the world, caring for more than 900 men and women with primary brain tumors every year.

Brain tumors are extremely diverse — both biologically and in their response to treatment. Our breadth of experience means that our doctors have a high level of expertise in caring for patients with all types of both common and rare brain tumors. Among the types of brain tumors that we treat are:

Whether you have just been diagnosed with a brain tumor, or you have a tumor that has progressed after treatment or has become resistant to particular therapies, the Brain Tumor Center offers a wide range of treatment options.

Our doctors use the latest technical innovations to protect important functional areas of the brain and preserve your quality of life. We are continually conducting research to improve treatment for people with brain tumors and can offer many people access to clinical trials of new, experimental approaches that are not available at many other centers.

  • Diagnosis

    We diagnose brain tumors through a multistep process that may include imaging, biopsy, and molecular medicine techniques.

  • Surgery

    Improvements in surgical techniques have revolutionized brain surgery in recent years.

  • Radiation Therapy

    Our doctors are leaders in efforts to improve radiation therapy for brain tumors, refining the use of sophisticated tools to deliver radiation with remarkable precision.

  • Chemotherapy & Investigational Approaches

    In recent years, researchers have expanded the use of chemotherapy as a next-line approach after surgery and radiation for treating primary brain tumors.

  • Managing Seizures

    Your Brain Tumor Center neurologist will work with team members to plan an approach to managing seizures, which occur in 30 to 50 percent of people with brain tumors.

  • Follow-Up Care & Rehabilitation

    Long-term follow-up examinations, rehabilitation, and treatment for any cognitive side effects are important following treatment for a brain tumor.