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Ben and Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment

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Brain cancer research at The Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment focuses on:

  • Helping people in treatment today live longer and fuller lives
  • Improving treatment outcomes in the future
  • Finding a cure for brain cancer

Toward these goals, the Ivy Center has developed a world-class research facility on-site. Numerous research efforts are underway, including work to isolate cancer stem cells, which have been found to be particularly resistant to standard treatments.

The Ivy Center collaborates with the nation's leading cancer researchers, partners with biotech companies, and conducts clinical trials on promising new brain cancer treatments.

Genetic testing of brain tumors

Under a microscope, all tumors look alike. But at the genomic level, there are tremendous differences. Each person's DNA has a unique genetic makeup, much like having unique fingerprints.

Each malignant brain tumor removed at the Ivy Center is tested in the research center. This work already influences the design of each patient's treatment plan, and has tremendous potential for the future.