May 15, 2017 8:00 AM

Randy Jensen
Randy Jensen, MD, PhD

Originally published May 2016

For Brain Tumor Awareness Month, Randy Jensen, MD, PhD, wants you to know something: “There is a lot of hope for patients with brain tumors.”

Jensen, a neurosurgeon with the Brain, Spine, and Skull Base Cancer Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), says progress is being made all the time to better understand how brain tumors develop. This research leads to improved treatments.

“We have a number of experimental and novel therapies for brain tumors,” Jensen says. “These include tumor vaccines or other methods of boosting your immune system. We also have drugs that specifically target genes involved in brain tumor growth and development.”

Treatment for brain tumors often starts with surgery. “With our intraoperative MRI system, we’re able to able to provide a safe and effective surgery in a way that was not possible just a few years ago,” Jensen says. “After the tumor is removed, we have unique molecular diagnostic methods that allow us to accurately diagnose your tumor. With this information we are able to provide a personalized treatment plan to maximize your success at tumor treatment while minimizing side effects and complications.”

Most importantly, Jensen says, patients need to know they are surrounded by a team of caring doctors, nurses, social workers, and other health care providers.

“We will not leave you alone,” he says. “We will help you through overcoming your cancer. We have excellent support—both medical and emotional—to help you through this process.”

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