As you know, treatments for many brain tumors are limited and the survival rate for people who develop malignant brain tumors (brain cancer) has not changed dramatically in more than 70 years. Though outcomes for patients with more benign brain tumors may be better, our treatments often have side effects that affect quality of life.

But what if brain tumors could be…

  • Effectively treated without side effects?
  • Targeted with tailor-made, precision medicine therapies?
  • Cured forever?

Discoveries by our brain tumor researchers and specialists are already resulting in longer, healthier lives for many patients.

With your generosity we can rapidly transform brain tumors from a life-threatening diagnosis into a preventable, treatable condition. Will you help us outsmart this devastating disease?

You Can Help Us Outsmart Brain Tumors

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Your Impact

Thanks to generous donors like you, we have:

One of the busiest and most highly regarded tumor centers in the United States — the Alvord Brain Tumor Center, which features an innovative multi-disciplinary model of care.

Become the nation’s leader for treating the rarest brain tumors and cancers and are the quaternary referral center for the entire West Coast, Canada and Pacific Rim.

Led the field as the only health system in the U.S. to provide neutron, proton, photon therapy and gamma knife radiosurgery — critical for the treatment of central nervous system and skull-base tumors.

Pioneered complex, minimally invasive surgical techniques for brain and skull-base tumors – and are trailblazers in survivorship and palliative care for our patients with brain tumors.

The Path to Outsmarting Brain Tumors

Patients with brain tumors, both malignant and benign, often are presented with suboptimal treatment options that are associated with considerable side effects. However, UW Medicine is working to change this. We have a nationally recognized skull base tumor program, a world-class multidisciplinary brain tumor team, and some of the most cutting-edge techniques and tools to treat complex tumors. And thanks to incredibly generous donors, we also have a next-generation Brain Tissue Bank with over 25,000 samples, allowing a retrospective look into this devastating disease. With your support, we can catalyze a new era in brain tumor research and training, giving patients a place to turn for answers and lifesaving treatments.

A Smart Investment in
Cancer Research, Care and Education

Your support helps us outsmart cancer, including brain tumors, by accelerating promising research, providing exceptional care and training the next generation of brain tumor specialists.

What makes us a smart investment?


UW Medicine brings together our region’s top cancer researchers and specialists in multidisciplinary teams to care for patients and collaborate on cutting-edge research. We are proud partners of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, along with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital. And, as a leading academic research institution, we share the latest discoveries with the broader medical community to benefit patients worldwide.


Our patients are benefiting today from the cancer treatments of tomorrow. Because we perform research and offer patient care, we can rapidly apply the latest discoveries in cancer research to help our patients live better, longer, healthier lives.


We’re addressing the systemic inequities that increase cancer risk and mortality among underserved communities. This includes research on disproportionate cancer mortality rates and projects to increase cancer treatment access in underserved populations.


Alvord Brain Tumor Center Video
Jason Rockhill, M.D., Ph.D., clinical director of the Alvord Brain Tumor Center, shares why the team approach at the Center is so valuable, creating a home for patients going through brain tumor care.
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Dr. Kuni Patel shown in a white coat in a lab

A bold, new approach for an especially aggressive cancer
UW Medicine neurosurgeon Anoop Patel receives philanthropic support to tackle glioblastoma, one of the toughest brain tumors.
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Marker reveals if benign-appearing meningiomas are perilous
Presence of a modified protein identifies tumors that seem unharmful but actually are dangerous and require intensive care.
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Brain tumors do not have to be a life-threatening disease. Our scientists and clinicians are closer than ever to making this cancer a treatable condition. But they can’t do it without your generous and visionary support.

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