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UMMC neurosurgeon Graeme Woodworth performs surgery with his team

The University of Maryland Medical Center's Brain Tumor Treatment and Research Center provides the latest approaches to treating brain cancer and tumors.

Our expertise in removing and treating invasive cancer cells in the brain goes beyond standard surgical and chemo-radiation strategies, and often involves non-invasive approaches.

Our treatments include:

  • Awake intra-operative brain mapping that works with patient interaction to identify brain functions near the tumor
  • Controlled blood brain barrier opening for better access to tumors using MRI-guided focused ultrasound
  • Fluorescence-guided imaging on tumor cells for detailed surgical removal of tumors
  • Gamma Knife radiosurgery, a minimally invasive alternative to traditional brain surgery that can be used treat brain tumors, vascular malformations and certain functional disorders of the brain
  • Proton pencil beam radiation treatment designed kill selective tumor cells without damaging healthy brain tissue around the tumor. This treatment is performed at the Maryland Proton Treatment Center.
  • Targeted nanotherapeutics, a process that helps deliver drugs deep in the brain where invasive tumor cells hide. Learn more about our Translational Therapeutics Research Group.
  • Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields), a noninvasive, at-home treatment that uses low-intensity electric fields to prevent tumor growth
  • The Edge, a non-invasive radiosurgery device that allows precise, quick delivery of treatment without the use of a head frame

For patients with complex brain tumors, our team also partners with the Maryland Proton Treatment Center, which offers a highly advanced and precise form of radiation therapy.

Our Neurocritical Care Unit uses advanced monitoring equipment while providing post-operative care, ensuring a stronger, safer recovery.