Comprehensive brain tumor treatment

Neurosurgeons and neuro-oncologists from University of Minnesota Physicians provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for patients with brain tumors while paving the way to breakthrough therapies. The Blood Brain Barrier/Neuro-Oncology Program at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview is one of only nine centers internationally delivering chemotherapy through the brain’s natural defense —the blood-brain barrier. In addition to approaches such as oral chemotherapy and radiation, our experts are utilizing intra-arterial chemotherapy and blood-brain barrier disruption to increase chemotherapy delivery directly to the brain tumorwhile reducing side effects.


  • In 2009, 20 patients were treated with intra-arterial chemotherapy and/or blood-brain barrier disruption
  • Treating malignant primary brain tumors including glioblastoma, anaplastic astrocytoma, astrocytoma, oligodendroglioma and anaplastic oligodendroglioma, medulloblastoma, primary CNS lymphoma and metastatic brain tumors
  • State-of-the-art imaging used in diagnosis and ability to more accurately monitor tumor progression versus effects of treatment



  • Strong brain tumor research program with a focus on immunotherapy for brain tumors


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