Mayo Clinic physicians and scientists are dedicated to research that leads to more and better treatments for people with brain tumors. Leading-edge studies include:

  • Improving diagnostics and the ability to tailor treatment to each person by studying genetic alterations in brain tumor cells
  • Harnessing the immune system to kill tumor cells using vaccines
  • Exploring the use of nanotechnologies to treat brain tumors
  • Targeting brain cancer cells with viruses
  • Understanding how brain cancer cells invade surrounding brain tissues

With state-of-the-art research and laboratory facilities, Mayo Clinic experts are constantly seeking new medical knowledge to improve patient care. For example, a scientist in mathematical oncology is learning how to predict where brain tumors might be at a microscopic level. This may help doctors decide where precisely to operate, even if tumors don't show up on a scan.

If you receive care at the Mayo Clinic Brain Tumor Program, your doctor may invite you to be part of one the clinical trials testing new treatments. Mayo Clinic is part of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, a clinical trials network sponsored by the National Cancer Institute that gives Mayo patients access to experimental treatments around the country.

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Oct. 23, 2020