Brain Tumor Treatment Options

Legacy Cancer Institute is transforming brain tumor treatment with ultra-precise radiation that only takes one day, and minimally invasive brain surgery. Tumors that used to be inoperable are now operable. Even better, the brain's healthy tissue is protected.

A better choice for brain tumor patients

With Gamma Knife and BrainPath, Legacy Cancer Institute offers new hope to patients with metastatic brain cancer and complex, deep-seated tumors such as gliomas. Each works in its own way to preserve brain function by protecting the brain's white matter — the part used for short-term memory and tasks such as three-dimensional vision and distinguishing left from right.

A fourth option to treat glioblastoma multiforme

NovoTTF therapy is a fourth treatment option in addition to surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. This minimally invasive therapy uses electric fields within the human body to slow or reverse tumor growth. A large clinical trial is underway for patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma multiforme.


  1. Our Specialists

    Kee AndrewRadiation oncologist Andrew Kee, M.D., specializes in Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery and other extremely precise radiation oncology technologies. Along with Dr. Jefferson Chen, he leads Legacy Gamma Knife Center.

    Dr. Kee is a medical director for Legacy Cancer Institute's radiation oncology centers. He meets with brain tumor patients to develop a treatment plan, and along with a neurosurgeon, is present during the Gamma Knife procedure.


    Chen JeffersonJefferson Chen, M.D., is one of only a handful of U.S. neurosurgeons using BrainPath minimally invasive brain surgery technology.

    Along with Dr. Kee, he leads Legacy Gamma Knife Center.

    Dr. Chen specializes in all types of brain conditions, and is medical director of Neurotrauma. He is involved in extensive neurological research, both in the lab and patient clinical trials.




  2. About Legacy Cancer Institute

    Expect to receive top-rated, award-winning cancer care. Legacy Cancer Institute ranks among the nation's best cancer programs, according to the American College of Surgeons' (ACS) Commission on Cancer. We are also the only health system in Oregon to receive the Commission's Outstanding Achievement Award.

    Learn more about our accreditations and honors.
    Learn more about our results.

    An entire team devoted to caring for you

    At Legacy, we care for the whole person — physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. To help you maintain the best quality of life, we offer many additional services that complement traditional care. Some of these services are:

    • Massage therapy
    • Physical therapy
    • Acupuncture
    • Stress management and meditation
    • Art therapy
    • Healing gardens and horticultural therapy
    • Personalized survivorship plan


    Learn more about Legacy Cancer Institute.
    Learn more about our brain cancer program.

  3. Neuro-rehabilitation

    Rehabilitation for brain tumor patients is especially important for recovery. Legacy offers specialized expertise in this area for brain cancer patients. Our comprehensive team of expert therapists that will look after your physical, communication and independent living needs. The team, lead by our board-certified doctors, works closely with you, your family and your doctors to establish your own personal goals. Our therapists will help you achieve your highest level of functional goals, so you can return to life in the community.

    Learn more about our outpatient neuro-rehabilitation services. 

    A hospital unit devoted to brain surgery patients

    Dr. Jefferson Chen, our BrainPath-trained neurosurgeon, operates at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, which is uniquely set up to speed recovery for brain surgery patients. Recently remodeled, the healing environment nurtures patients with plenty of natural light. Family members and loved ones enjoy comfortable rooms where they can visit and stay with patients. Each room has its own bathroom and shower. Our specialized care includes:

    • Sophisticated brain monitoring systems that alert staff to even the most subtle change in brain activity
    • Nationally recognized nurses and staff trained just to care for neurosurgery patients
    • Cutting-edge clinical trials and research: lab research, as well as patient clinical trials. Learn more about Legacy Research Institute.