Working together to turn brain tumor patients into survivors
The Tufts Medical Center team of doctors and nurses diagnose and treat all types of brain tumors using the most advanced techniques — from computer-assisted neuro-navigation to Gamma Knife radiosurgery — to improve the chances of a successful recovery.
A founding member of the Brain Tumor Investigator Consortium, we take part in many clinical trials to study the absolute latest treatments before they're widely available, helping get them in the hands of those who need them most.
Meet our expert surgeons
Great teams need great leaders. Our neuro-oncology team has some of the country's best. Carl Heilman, MD and Julian Wu, MD are both ranked among the top 1% of neurosurgeons in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. They both have been actively treating brain tumor patients for 20 years.
Dr. Heilman has served as the President of the North American Skull Base Society, the New England Neurological Society, the Boston Society of Neurology and Psychiatry, and the Society of University Neurosurgeons. In addition, both Dr. Heilman and Dr. Wu are professors at Tufts University School of Medicine, one of the most prestigious medical schools in the United States.
Surgery or medicine…or both?
Treating brain tumors is complex medicine, and every patient and every tumor needs a different approach. Our team works closely with one another, with your primary physician and — most importantly — with you and those close to you to create a unique treatment plan.
We are able to create these unique treatment plans with the most innovative techniques available. For example, the brain tumor team at Tufts MC pioneered a progressive therapeutic approach for treating brain cancer: following traditional brain surgery with Gamma Knife treatment can reduce the reoccurrence of tumors from about 50 to 15 percent or less — without the troubling side effects of whole-brain radiation. We have the only Gamma Knife unit in Massachusetts and Northern New England, which lets us perform this "brain surgery without the knife" using extremely accurate beams of radiation.
While surgery is the most common treatment for brain tumors, your specific plan may include a combination of radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy. No matter which treatment techniques we use, you can be sure our doctors only have your best interests and your best chance of recovery in mind at all times.
What does all this mean for you?
It means that from the first time you step foot in our Cancer Center, you'll be guided by a team of the world's top experts, working side by side to give you the best care possible. Your doctors will know more than just your diagnosis — they'll know your name, your family, your specific treatment needs and just about everything else that makes you unique.
It also means you'll have access to the most promising techniques, technologies and medications available. And it means our only goal is giving you the best possible chance of recovery, with the least possible chance of side effects and complications.