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Brain and Central Nervous System Cancer

Leading-edge treatment for brain and spinal cord tumors in San Diego

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Leading-edge treatment for brain and spinal cord tumors in San Diego

Practicing at the leading edge of research and promising new cancer treatments, Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center diagnoses and treats brain and central nervous system (CNS) tumors with expertise, compassion and a team approach to care. Our physicians use the most sophisticated methods to treat these tumors, including minimally invasive robotic surgery and the most precise radiation therapy technologies.


Our multidisciplinary, collaborative board of specialists reviews complex care plans to ensure patients receive the best possible care from diagnosis to recovery.

About brain and central nervous system tumors

Brain and central nervous system tumors are groups of abnormal cells that grow out of control in the brain or spinal cord. Cancerous (malignant) tumors can spread through the rest of the brain and spinal cord. But even non-cancerous (benign) tumors pose a threat, because as they grow they can press on normal tissue and damage it. This is why both malignant and benign tumors need to be treated.

Treatment and clinical trials

When you’ve been diagnosed with a brain or central nervous system tumor, you want a team of expert specialists on your side. The multidisciplinary teams at Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center use the latest evidence-based treatments and therapies, including minimally invasive surgery and targeted therapy.

Brain and spinal cord tumor treatment locations

Scripps MD Anderson diagnoses and treats brain and central nervous system tumors at numerous locations throughout San Diego County. From Chula Vista and La Jolla to Encinitas and beyond, our extensive network of Southern California cancer care centers includes:

  • Four Scripps hospitals on five campuses
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Specialty cancer treatment centers

For details on specific centers and their services, visit cancer care locations.

Support groups, services and resources

As leaders in the treatment of cancerous and non-cancerous central nervous system tumors, we know what it takes to fight a winning battle. That’s why we equip our patients with the support and resources necessary to achieve their best possible outcome. From connecting you with support groups and services to empowering you with the latest resources and research, Scripps MD Anderson helps you along every step of the way.