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Brain tumors are complex, and some are very aggressive. Knowing as much as possible about the specific tumor in your brain can help your care team determine which treatments may be the most effective.
One powerful diagnostic tool is brain tumor typing, an important part of your personalized treatment plan. We have a team of specialized brain tumor pathologists (neuro-pathologists) to perform and interpret the most advanced brain tumor tissue tests. We also store removed tumors to support research and identify future treatments.
Learn more about our other tests for brain tumor diagnosis.
Genes carry DNA, the instructions for your body to operate. Knowing more about the genetic makeup and other molecular features of the tumor in your brain may increase the likelihood of successful treatment.
Through brain tumor typing — genomic and pathological testing — we can look for specific markers that may be causing tumor growth.
Researchers have also found that certain tumor genes may indicate how the brain tumor will respond to specific therapies. For example, molecular profiling can determine if a particular glioblastoma, the most common and deadly type of brain cancer, will respond to the targeted therapy Avastin®.
Learn more about our personalized approach to brain tumor treatment.
In addition to conducting personalized brain tumor typing studies to help guide treatment decisions, every tumor we remove is preserved in our brain tumor bank. Also known as tissue banks, these facilities store collected samples for further research. A few highlights of our brain tumor bank:
In addition to TCGA, we use our tumor bank samples in brain tumor research conducted at our center: