Brain Tumors

UCSF Medical Center has one of the largest brain tumor centers in the nation. With recent advances in treatments, the outlook for patients with brain and spinal cord tumors has significantly improved.

UCSF offers a technique called brain mapping to create a detailed surgical path as well as the Gamma Knife and CyberKnife that deliver high doses of radiation precisely to their targets. Our experts use advanced surgical navigation and interactive image-guided microscopes in addition to brain mapping techniques when removing tumors.

A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, which provides a view through the skull, allows our surgeons to get computerized images of the brain while performing surgery. Other new technologies, such as sophisticated 3-dimensional techniques, are used by our radiation oncologists to target tumors more precisely. And new spine tumor treatments, including chemotherapy and surgery, mean more hope for the future. We always offer clinical trials of experimental therapies for patients with difficult-to-treat tumors.