Brain tumors are the result of abnormal growth of cells in the tissues of the brain. There are several types of brain tumors, with gliomas being the most serious. More than 22,000 cases of brain cancer were diagnosed in 2009.
For more information, visit the National Cancer Institute’s page on brain tumors: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/brain/
Treatment at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center
The UAB Comprehensive Cancer is recognized nationwide as a leader in the fields of brain tumor treatment and research. Brain tumor patients at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center are seen in the center’s neuro-oncology clinic, which is comprised of physicians dedicated to treating brain cancer and metastases to the central nervous system with the latest technology. The clinic offers physicians who are specialists in oncology, hematology, surgical oncology and radiation oncology and work with specialists in other areas of care when necessary to provide a comprehensive approach to treatment.
The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital 5th Floor
2000 6th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
Brain Cancer Research at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center
The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is a nationally recognized leader in the field of brain cancer research. The center is one of only five institutions in the nation to hold a SPORE (Specialized Program of Research Excellence) grant in brain cancer. These highly prestigious grants are designed to move research findings quickly and safely from the laboratory to the clinical setting. One of the Cancer Center’s most innovative treatments for brain tumors is the use of chlorotoxin, a venom found in the stinger of the giant Israeli scorpion, which has been shown to be quite effective in killing glioma cells.
Related Services at UAB
Brain Cancer Resources
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