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Research at the Brain Tumor Initiative


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Some of the most common forms of brain cancer are the most malignant (cancerous and harmful). In many cases, doctors can help improve a patient’s life expectancy and quality of life, but can’t offer a cure.

Researchers at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Institute Brain Tumor Initiative want to change that. We’re committed to discovering and implementing breakthrough treatments for brain tumors — that means we can offer our patients the best treatments available.

Because all brain tumors are genetically unique, it’s critical the oncology team understands the genetics and drug sensitivity of each tumor we surgically remove. This data allows us to develop a personalized approach for each person we treat, which typically involves a combination of therapies and clinical trials. This innovative approach allows us to analyze each person’s drug sensitivity, which directly translates into targeted treatments and the best possible results.

Our research lab is housed in The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. We collaborate with the Center for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI) and Sylvester, our premier research facility and resource for the development of new therapies. Our team collaborates with medical school colleagues in areas of cancer neuroscience, genomics, pharmacology, physiology, and neurology.

The Brain Tumor Initiative guides and participates in a wide variety of clinical trials that translate innovative and leading-edge therapies into treatments accessible to patients. We’re proud to offer neuro-oncologic clinical trials that center on immune-modulated tumor therapy through vaccines, radiation therapy, and surgical procedures.

Why Choose Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center?

International leaders in brain tumor care. We play a vital role in the community, thanks to our groundbreaking research and patient care for people in Florida, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. We’re turning Miami into the healthcare capital of the Americas. We’re creating one of the premier brain tumor centers in the country.

Offering the latest in scientific breakthrough treatment. You have access to all treatment options, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, complementary and integrative medicine, and comprehensive management — including new approaches through clinical trials. The procedures we perform on both pediatric and adult patients use the least invasive neurosurgical techniques, which reduces recovery time and makes a significant difference in your quality of life.

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