Providence Neuro-oncology Program

The Providence Neuro-oncology Program in Oregon combines experts from both Providence Brain and Spine Institute and Providence Cancer Institute to form a collaborative, multidisciplinary team of caregivers dedicated to caring for our patients. The Neuro-oncology Program includes neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, oncology social workers and palliative care providers.

This team provides comprehensive care for adult patients with primary brain tumors, cancers metastatic to the brain and neurological complications of cancer. As a partner in your care, we focus on helping our patients fully understand the complexity and choices related to brain cancer and its effects. Our No. 1 goal is to help patients understand treatment options and quality-of-life considerations so that you can make informed decisions.

What is Neuro-oncology?

Neuro-oncology is a subspecialty dedicated to treating tumors or cancers involving the central nervous system. This highly specialized area of medicine requires many years of training and expertise. To practice as a neuro-oncologist, a physician must complete both residency training in an approved program such as neurology or medical oncology, as well as fellowship training and certification in neuro-oncology.

Neuro-oncologists are adept at reviewing imaging (such as MRIs and CT scans) to assess the status of your disease. This helps inform them in recommending nonsurgical treatments for cancers and tumors of the brain, including chemotherapy, biologically-targeted and immune system medications, and medical devices that destroy cancer cells. If surgery or radiation is recommended for your condition, or you enroll in a clinical trial for a promising new therapy, neuro-oncologists can help coordinate your care and help you get the best treatment for your needs.

Receiving care from a specially-trained neuro-oncologist comes with many benefits, including:

  • Support from staff and providers in an established oncology practice
  • Consultation with medical oncologists
  • Coordination from a specialist with experience in helping patients through complex decision making for brain tumor treatment plans
  • Integration of care with radiation, surgery and other care providers

What do we treat?

Our team treats a variety of brain tumors or cancers including glioblastoma, astrocytoma, oligodendroglioma, brain metastases, and more. For more information, visit our Related Conditions page.

The Providence Neuro-oncology Program’s team of specialists has extensive experience with brain tumors. Our team of specialists can discuss your treatment options at your initial diagnosis, as well as during key points throughout your care.

What else do we offer?

Research and clinical trials

  • Providence Brain and Spine Institute Clinical Research offers patients access to cutting-edge medications and treatments for brain tumors that may improve your health status and quality of life.
  • Providence Cancer Institute’s Earle A. Chiles Research Institute is leading the way in new treatments through bench-to-bedside research in immunotherapy (using the body’s own immune system to fight cancer) for cancers that can metastasize to the brain. That means our patients often have the first chance to receive promising new therapies developed by Providence Cancer Institute scientists.
  • The Providence Neuro-oncology Program is developing new studies of innovative therapies for patients with malignant primary brain tumors. Patient access to upcoming clinical trials is available through the Pacific Cancer Research Consortium, a network of hospitals and research facilities throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and California.
Patient and family support

Providence Cancer Institute understands that cancer affects more than just the physical body. We promote a healthy body, mind and spirit by offering compassionate, helpful support services including: Cancer support groups, counseling, oncology social work, integrative medicine, and patient education resources including the Living Well Guide.