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Brain Tumor Treatment Centers

National Institutes of Health - National Cancer Institute

Neuro-Oncology Branch

10 Center Drive, Bethesda, Maryland, 20892, United States

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Additional Information:

This program meets 6/7 of the Guiding Principles for CNS Tumor Treatment Programs.

Institution part of the Center for Cancer Research.

Data for this program collected in 2023.


  • National Cancer Institute Designation: No
  • Nurse Magnet Status: Yes
  • Academic Affiliation: John Hopkins School of Medicine

Number of Full-Time Physicians:

Number of full-time physicians in this treatment program who dedicate at least 40% of their clinical practice to the treatment of adult patients diagnosed with brain and/or spine tumors:
  • 5 Neuro-oncologists or Medical Oncologists specializing in brain/spine tumors
  • 4 Brain Neurosurgeons
  • 4 Spine Neurosurgeons
  • 5 Radiation Oncologists
  • 4 Neuropathologists

Number of Adult Patients Treated for Brain and/or Spine Tumors Annually:

  • [no data] Primary tumor patients
  • [no data] Metastatic (Secondary) tumor patients

Number of Adult Patients Treated with Surgery Annually:

  • 51 Primary brain tumor patients
  • 11 Metastatic (Secondary) brain tumor patients
  • 7 Primary spine tumor patients
  • 4 Metastatic (Secondary) spine tumor patients
  • 19 Skull base tumor patients

Specialized Treatments and Technologies Available:

Identifies whether the following treatment options are offered either at this institution or at an affiliated center.



  • Immunotherapy
  • Targeted therapy

Imaging Treatments and Technologies:

  • MRI Spectroscopy
  • MRI Tractography
  • Perfusion MRI


    Radiation Treatments and Technologies:

    • 3D Conformal Radiation Therapy (3D-CRT)
    • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
    • Stereotactic Radiosurgery

    Surgical Treatments and Technologies:

    • Awake Craniotomy
    • Brain Mapping
    • Endoscopic Surgery
    • Fluorescence-guided surgery
    • Intraoperative MRI
    • Minimally Invasive Surgery

    Clinical Trials:

    Investigational treatments (or other interventions) available for the categories below:
    • Low Grade Glioma
    • Meningioma
    • Newly Diagnosed Glioblastoma
    • Other Malignant Glioma
    • Recurrent Glioblastoma


    • Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor (ATRT)
    • Choroid Plexus Tumors
    • Ependymoma
    • Gliomatosis Cerebri
    • Gliosarcoma or Primary CNS Sarcoma
    • Histone Mutated Glioma
    • Medulloblastoma
    • Meningioma (High Grade)
    • Parenchymal Pineal Region Tumors
    • Pleomorphic Xanthoastrocytoma (PXA) and Anaplastic Pleomorphic Xanthoastrocytoma (APXA)
    • tumors formerly known as Primitive Neuro-Ectodermal Tumors (PNET), including Embryonal Tumor with Multilayered Rosettes, Medulloepithelioma, CNS Neuroblastoma, CNS Ganglioneuroblastoma, CNS Embryonal Tumor NOS
    • tumor entities emerging from methylation profiling of CNS-PNETs: CNS neuroblastoma with FOXR2 activation, CNS Ewing sarcoma family tumor with CIC alteration, CNS high-grade neuroepithelial tumor with MN1 alterations
    • CNS high-grade neuroepithelial tumor with BCOR alteration
    • IDH-mutated gliomas

    Support Services Available:

    Identifies whether the following clinical and non-clinical support services are offered either at this institution or at an affiliated center.


    • Advanced practice registered nurse
    • Brain tumor board
    • Brain tumor support group
    • Caregiver support services
    • Certified neuro registered nurse
    • Discounted lodging
    • Fellowship-trained neuro-oncologist
    • Financial aid services
    • Inpatient rehabilitation
    • Molecular testing
    • Neurological Intensive Care Unit (Neuro ICU)
    • Neuropsychology services for CNS tumor patients
    • Oncology social worker
    • Outpatient Rehabilitation
    • Palliative care
    • Survivorship services
    • Transportation services
    • Virtual second opinion service


    • NCI-CONNECT Clinic
    • Support for travel expenses and food

    Last updated November 1, 2023