Care of a patient with a brain tumor is one of the most challenging undertakings in pediatric and adult oncology. We are fortunate to have a large number of committed physicians and nurses who specialize in the care of these patients.
Our team includes specialists in many areas of focus, including: Neurology, Neurosurgery, Oncology, Pediatric Oncology, Neuro-Radatiology, Pathology, Radiation Oncology, Endocrinology, and Neuro-Psychology.
Dr. Christopher Moertel, Dr. Joseph Neglia and Tambra Dahlheimer, R.N., P.N.P. are dedicated pediatric neuro-oncologists. Dr. Katie Dusenbery in Radiation Oncology has particular interest and expertise in treating patients with brain tumors. Dr. Dan Guillaume, a Pediatric Neurosurgeon, was recruited in 2012. His expertise is in minimally invasive surgery and his strong interest in pediatric brain tumors is growing the pediatric neurosurgery practice. Dr. Steve Haines, Chairman of Neurosurgery, is an experienced pediatric and adult neurosurgeon and dedicated member of the BTP. Dr. Matthew Hunt in Neurosurgery focuses his practice on the care of adults with brain tumors and the numbers of adult patients cared for at UMMC continues to grow. The care team at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital and University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, is a fully multi-disciplinary care team with collaboration across specialties and age groups that ensures the best possible care for the whole patient.
After decades of unsatisfactory treatment outcomes for malignant brain tumors, we are entering an era of new hope. Be aware that there are many clinical trials testing novel therapies you may be eligible for. It is always a good idea to research and educate yourself about your diagnosis and the many treatment options available. You may wish to get a second or third opinion about your diagnosis and suggested course of treatment.
We have recently opened clinical trials for patients with recurrent glioblastoma, medulloblastoma, and ependymoma: http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01171469?term=glioma+and+imiquimod&rank=1
If you are interested in eligibility criteria or need specific information on the clinical trial, please contact Dr. Christopher Moertel for pediatrics or Dr. Matthew Hunt for adults.
Christopher Moertel, MD
Director, Pediatric neuro-oncology and neurofibromatosis program
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Matthew Hunt, MD, FRCS
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
Search for other clinical trials
Searching for clinical trials can be done at: http://clinicaltrials.gov/
In this webpage you can search by disease type (such as glioma, or brain tumor) and use therapy key words (such as immunotherapy, vaccine, gene therapy, etc.).