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At UT Southwestern Medical Center, dedicated physicians, surgeons, and scientists have created interconnecting programs to provide patients with the best treatments available for brain and pituitary tumors and to develop better treatments for tumors that cannot yet be cured or controlled.
We specialize in care for both benign and malignant tumors, and we offer a number of clinical trials to help provide better and more effective treatment options for patients.
Seven Centers of Excellence for Brain Tumor Care
Our brain tumor specialists have established seven Centers of Excellence to provide patients with comprehensive treatment strategies, working to achieve the best possible result for each patient.
The surgeons at our seven centers strive to completely remove each tumor. In cases where complete removal with surgery is not possible, we work with colleagues in radiation oncology and neuro-oncology to determine whether the tumor might be controlled with targeted radiation or chemotherapy. Our goal is to restore normal, productive lives to as many patients as possible.
As an academic medical center, we provide an active clinical trials program that gives eligible patients access brain tumor treatments that may not be available at other health care centers. Our providers can help patients determine if they are eligible to participate in a study. See current brain tumor clinical trials.
Physicians and surgeons directly involved in the treatment of brain and pituitary tumors are supported by colleagues in the disciplines of neuroradiology, neuropathology, neuropsychology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation, and by a large team of experienced nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. Everyone involved in this effort shares the goal of providing the best outcome possible for each patient.
Patients who undergo treatment at hospitals with high volumes of brain tumor operations experience fewer surgical complications and better outcomes than those receiving care at facilities with lower volumes. Each year, UT Southwestern neurosurgeons perform more than 450 adult brain tumor operations.
Centers of Excellence
Our Brain Tumor Centers of Excellence include:
- Brain metastases
- Pituitary tumors
- Acoustic neuromas
- Skull base tumors
- Pediatric brain tumors
Treatment for Brain Tumors
The surgical removal of a brain or pituitary tumor is often the initial step in its management. The goals of surgery include providing an exact diagnosis, relieving symptoms caused by pressure on surrounding structures, and, when possible, providing a lasting cure. Our surgeons are experienced in all of the surgical procedures available to treat brain and pituitary tumors, and we strive to use the least invasive approach possible.
Radiation Therapy and Radiosurgery
Radiation can effectively treat both benign and malignant brain and pituitary tumors. The Department of Radiation Oncology at UT Southwestern uses a wide range of sophisticated techniques to maximize the likelihood of controlling tumor growth and minimize the risk of injury to normal parts of the brain near the tumor.
We have the only Gamma Knife Icon in the Dallas–Ft. Worth Metroplex, as well as the latest-generation CyberKnife. Both devices are used to deliver highly focused, precise radiation to brain and pituitary tumors.
Chemotherapy might be required to treat malignant brain tumors. Our three neuro-oncologists are experienced in tailoring chemotherapy regimens to provide the best chance of controlling a tumor with the least risk and discomfort for the patient.
As part of the Annette G. Strauss Center for Neuro-Oncology, we also provide access to a number of clinical trials and research programs dedicated to providing better and more effective treatment options for patients in the future. Search for brain tumor clinical trials.
For some tumors, especially those that are discovered by chance on MRI or CT scans taken to evaluate unrelated symptoms, a period of observation is often recommended prior to treatment recommendation. Observation is also often the best management of small tumor fragments left after surgery. Almost all brain and pituitary tumor patients undergo repeated MRI scans after treatment to observe for the possible recurrence of their tumors.
Only Gamma Knife Icon in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex
With Gamma Knife, we can reach deep-seated brain lesions and skull base tumors more easily. Often you need only one treatment.
Treating brain tumors with stereotactic radiosurgery
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4 major advancements in brain surgery since 2000
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Results: 6 Locations
James W. Aston Ambulatory Care Center5303 Harry Hines Blvd.
Dallas, Texas 75390 214-645-8300 Directions to James W. Aston Ambulatory Care Center Parking Info for James W. Aston Ambulatory Care Center
Pediatric Neurosurgeryat UT Southwestern Pediatric Group at Plano 7609 Preston Road, 1st Floor, Suite P1100
Plano, Texas 75024 214-456-6660 Directions to Pediatric Neurosurgery Parking Info for Pediatric Neurosurgery
UT Southwestern Neurosurgery at Texas Health Dallasat Professional Building 3 8230 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 514
Dallas, Texas 75231 214-645-2300 Directions to UT Southwestern Neurosurgery at Texas Health Dallas Parking Info for UT Southwestern Neurosurgery at Texas Health Dallas
University Hospital Medical Oncology Clinic - Brainat Seay Biomedical Building (Simmons Cancer Center) 2201 Inwood Road, 3rd Floor, Suite 500
Dallas, Texas 75390 214-645-4673 Directions to University Hospital Medical Oncology Clinic - Brain Parking Info for University Hospital Medical Oncology Clinic - Brain
University Hospital Radiation Oncology Clinicat Radiation Oncology Building 2280 Inwood Road
Dallas, Texas 75390 214-645-8525 Directions to University Hospital Radiation Oncology Clinic
University Hospital Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Clinicat UT Southwestern Medical Center at Richardson/Plano 3030 Waterview Parkway, 2nd Floor
Richardson, Texas 75080 972-669-7077 Directions to University Hospital Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Clinic