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UCLA is home to one of the leading research and treatment programs for brain tumors in the country. We deliver comprehensive care for more than 30 different types of brain tumors.
UCLA Brain Tumor Center: Conditions We Treat
With a team of specialists that includes expertise in every aspect of brain tumor care, we deliver an accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment for all types and grades of brain tumors.
Brain tumors we treat include:
- Skull base tumors
- Brain metastases
- Neurofibromatosis Type 2
- Pituitary tumors
- Spinal cord Tumors
- Other brain tumors
These rare tumors form in the sticky, supportive cells of your brain and spinal cord. UCLA is among the top glioma programs in the country. Gliomas we treat include:
- Anaplastic mixed glioma
- Brainstem glioma
- Optic nerve glioma
Skull Base Tumors
Skull base tumors form under your brain and in the bottom part of the skull. This area includes thick bony structures that protect nerves and major blood vessels. Using advanced technology such as stereotactic radiosurgery, we treat tumors previously thought to be inoperable.
Skull base tumors we treat include:
- Acoustic neuroma (vestibular schwannoma)
- Epidermoid tumor (cyst)
A metastatic brain tumor begins as a cancer elsewhere in your body and spreads to your brain. UCLA offers treatments for brain metastases that are not widely available, including laser ablation therapy.
Many types of cancer can spread to your brain. The most common include:
- Bladder cancer
- Breast cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Cancers affecting your blood cells and bone marrow (leukemia)
- Lung cancer
- Cancer of the lymph nodes (lymphoma)
- Skin cancer (melanoma)
A meningioma is a tumor that forms in the layer of tissue covering your brain and spine (the meninges). Meningiomas grow slowly, but can become quite large over time. Our expertise lies in catching these tumors before they cause problems and delivering personalized treatments that maximize your quality of life.
Neurofibromatosis Type 2 and Schwannomatosis
Neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2) is a genetic condition caused by a mutation of the NF2 gene predisposing to benign tumor development in the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves.
UCLA is home to one of the largest pituitary programs on the West Coast. Our team includes leading neurosurgeons, endocrinologists and neuropathologists. We specialize in treating all pituitary tumors, including pituitary adenoma.
Other pituitary conditions we treat include:
- Clinically non-functioning pituitary adenoma
- Cushing's disease
- Diabetes insipidus
- Nelson's syndrome
- Pituitary apoplexy
- Rathke's cleft cyst
Learn more about the UCLA Pituitary Program.
Spinal Cord Tumors
Ranked among the top seven programs in the country for neurosurgery, we deliver expert care for the full range of tumors within your spinal cord, in its outer membranes and in the cord that lies outside the membrane. Our coverage includes:
Other Brain Tumors
We use a team approach to deliver comprehensive care for brain tumors. Through regular tumor boards, we bring together teams of nationally renowned experts in neurosurgery, neuro-oncology and neuro-radiation oncology. This helps us deliver the best possible care.
Some of the other brain tumors we treat include:
- Brain cysts
- Choroid plexus papillomas
- Primary central nervous system (CNS) lymphoma (primary CNS lymphoma)
- Cystic tumors
- Dermoid tumors
- Pineal tumors
- Vascular tumors