Brain Tumor Center at Jefferson Health
The Jefferson Brain Tumor Center of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center provides a multidisciplinary approach to treating brain tumors, giving patients access to care all in one place and during one visit. Combining expertise in Radiation Oncology, Neurosurgery and Medical Oncology, their Center physicians provide exceptional care and access to the latest protocols for patients coping with this life-threatening diagnosis.
The Center specializes in innovative treatments for Malignant Gliomas involving taking the patient’s own tumor cells at surgery, treating them with an investigational new drug (an antisense molecule) designed to shut down a targeted surface receptor protein, and re-implanting the cells in the patient’s abdomen. Compared to treatment alternatives for tumor recurrence, including a boost of further radiation and more chemotherapy, this treatment represents potentially greater benefit with fewer risks.
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David W. Andrews MD
Director, Division of Neuro-Oncologic Neurosurgery and Stereotactic Radiosurgery
Dr. Andrews trained at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and completed a one year fellowship in Neuro-oncology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. At the inception of his academic career, he received a prestigious Physician Scientist Award conferred by the National Cancer Institute to pursue basic research devoted to the molecular biology of gliomas for a 5 year period. Dr Andrews is recognized as a world leader in radiosurgery and established the first Radiosurgery Program in the Delaware Valley in 1991. He has lectured throughout the world as an invited speaker on radiosurgery topics and is noted for techniques in stereotactic radiotherapy which he has pioneered and has described successful treatments of tumors involving or near special sensory nerves such as the optic nerve or cochlear nerve.