Brain TumorsOur team of neurosurgeons, in connection with the Huntsman Cancer Institute, are at the forefront of research and clinical care for tumors of the brain. We employ the latest techniques in diagnosing and treating brain tumors of all varieties.

Through the use of cutting edge medical imaging technologies, we ensure our patients receive an accurate and timely diagnosis. Our surgical approaches include the use of stereotactic radiosurgery, a non-invasive procedure used to shrink and inhibit tumor growth using focused beams of radiation.

Brain Tumors: Treatment Questions

Talking with healthcare providers about your tumor can be overwhelming. It can be hard to take in all of the information. It helps to be prepared. Make a list of questions and bring them to your appointments. Write the answers down in a notebook. Make sure you ask how the treatment will change your daily life, including your diet, and how you will look and feel after treatment. Ask how successful the treatment is expected to be, and what the risks and possible side effects are.

You may also want to ask a friend or family member to go with you. He or she can take notes and write down the answers, and also ask questions you may not think of. You can also ask your healthcare provider if you can record the conversation.

Below are some questions to ask during your appointments.

Deciding on a treatment

  • What type of brain tumor do I have?

  • How quickly is this type of tumor expected to grow?

  • Where exactly is the tumor? How big is it?

  • How often do you treat this type of tumor?

  • Do I need to be treated right away?

  • What are my treatment choices?

  • Can the tumor be removed with surgery?

  • What treatments do you think are best for me and why?

  • What treatments do you think are not for me and why?

  • What are the goals of the treatment you are recommending?

  • What is the success rate of this treatment for my type of tumor?

  • Are there any clinical trials I should apply for?

Getting ready for treatment

  • What is the length of the treatment period?

  • How long will each treatment take?

  • Where do I have to go for the treatment?

  • Who will give me the treatment?

  • Does someone need to go with me during treatments?

  • Can I take my other medicines during treatment?

Coping during treatment

  • What side effects should I expect?

  • How long will side effects last?

  • Are there side effects that I need to call you about?

  • How do I reach you after hours and on weekends?

  • What can I do to ease the side effects?

  • Should I change my diet? Are there foods I should not eat?

  • Will I be able to go to work and be around my family?

  • Are there support groups nearby that I can join?

After treatment

  • How will I feel after the treatment?

  • What type of follow-up will I need after treatment?

  • How will we know if treatment worked?

  • What are my options if the treatment doesn't work or the tumor comes back?


Robert Bollo, M.D., M.S.

Dr. Robert Bollo specializes in pediatric neurosurgery: Epilepsy surgery, Brain tumors, spine surgery, Spinal cord tumors, Traumatic Brain Injury, Hydrocephalus.Dr. Bollo completed his undergraduate study at Harvard University before receiving his MD degree at Boston University School of Medicine Magna Cum Laude. He then completed an internship as... Read More

Douglas L. Brockmeyer, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Douglas L. Brockmeyer, MD is involved in all aspects of pediatric neurosurgery, but focuses primarily on the pediatric spinal column. Dr. Brockmeyer currently serves as Division Chief of the Pediatric Neurosurgery Program, while he also serves as Principal Investigator on a variety of research projects involving the biomechanical and genetic aspec... Read More

Adam L. Cohen, M.D.

Adam Cohen, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the University of Utah's Division of Oncology in the Department of Medicine. He is a Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) investigator and a member of the Experimental Therapeutics program. His specialties are neuro-oncology, breast oncology and gynecologic cancers. Dr. Cohen's research focuses on clinical t... Read More


Brain Tumors, Breast Cancer, Gynecologic Oncology, Neuro-Oncology, Oncology, Spinal Cord Tumors


Huntsman Cancer Hospital
Clinic 3A, Center for Breast Health
(801) 213-4269
Huntsman Cancer Institute
Clinic 2E, Neuro
(801) 585-0260

Howard Colman, M.D., Ph.D.

Howard Colman, MD, PhD, has multiple clinical interests including the treatment of primary and metastatic brain tumors, and the diagnosis and management of neurologic complications of cancer. His clinical research is focused on the development and testing of new therapies for brain tumors. His laboratory interests include the identification of mole... Read More


Brain Tumors, General Neurology, Neuro-Oncology, Neurosurgery, Spinal Cord Tumors


Huntsman Cancer Institute
Clinic 2E, Neuro
(801) 585-0262
Veterans Administration Medical Center

William T. Couldwell, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Couldwell specializes in Neurosurgery, Brain Tumors, Brain Aneurysms, Skull Base Surgery, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Head Trauma and Neuro Critical Care. William T. Couldwell, MD, PhD serves as Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Utah. He has served as Director of the American Board of Neurological S... Read More

Daniel Webster Fults, III, M.D.

Daniel W. Fults III, MD is Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Utah and is a member of Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Brain Tumor Program. As a physician-researcher, Dr. Fults’s clinical practice is centered on brain tumor treatment. Malignant brain tumors found in children is the primary focus of his laboratory research.... Read More

Paul A. House, M.D.

Dr. House specializes in the surgical treatment of Epilepsy, Movement Disorders,Trigeminal Neuralgia, Brain Tumors, and Traumatic Brain Injury. Paul A. House, MD surgically treats patients who suffer from epilepsy, movement disorders (including tremor, Parkinson’s disease, and dystonia), trigeminal neuralgia and brain tumors. His research interes... Read More

Randy L. Jensen, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Randy Jensen specializes in Neurosurgery, Brain Tumors, Skull Base Surgery, Neuro Trauma and Neurocritical Care. He has a particular emphasis using preoperative imaging, intraoperative navigation, intraoperative cortical mapping and intraoperative MRI to maximize tumor resection and minimize surgical complications. He treats patients with mali... Read More


Brain Tumors, Neurosurgery, Skull Base Surgery, Trauma - Neuro Critical Care


Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 585-6065
Huntsman Cancer Institute
Patient Care Center
(801) 585-0260

John R. Kestle, M.D.

John R.W. Kestle, MD specializes in Craniofacial Surgery, Pediatric Neurosurgery, and Brain Tumors. Dr. Kestle is Professor of Neurosurgery and Vice Chair of Clinical Research. His clinical practice has been exclusively in pediatric neurosurgery, with a specific interest in pediatric epilepsy surgery. His research is centered on clinical trials me... Read More


Brain Tumors, Neurosurgery, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Trauma - Neuro Critical Care


Primary Children's Hospital
Pediatric Neurosurgery
(801) 662-5340

Fumisuke Matsuo, M.D.

Fumisuke Matsuo, MD is a long-time faculty member of the Department of Neurology. His main expertise as a clinical electroencephalographer is to develop and evaluate clinical neurophysiological testings in the assessment of episodic neurobehavior symptoms, and application to separating epileptic seizures from non-epileptic events. Recent research ... Read More

Min S. Park, M.D.

Dr. Park specializes in cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery, neuro-interventional radiology, stroke, brain tumors, brain aneurysms, brain vascular malformations and fistulas, head trauma, neuro critical care, hydrocephalus, skull base surgery and traumatic brain injury. Dr. Park is a neurosurgeon who comes to University of Utah Health ... Read More

Meic H. Schmidt, M.D., M.B.A.

Professor Meic H. Schmidt, M.D., M.B.A. is a neurosurgeon with specialized expertise in spine surgery and neuro-oncology. His main clinical focus is on management of patients with tumors and injuries to the spine and spinal cord. In addition, because of his expertise in minimally invasive and endoscopic surgical techniques he sees complex patients... Read More

Sean P. Strope, M.P.A.S.

Sean P. Strope, MPAS, PA-C, is a Physician Assistant on the Neuro-Oncology Team at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. As a Neuro-Oncology PA, his clinical interests include the treatment of primary and metastatic brain tumors, as well as the diagnosis and management of neurologic complications of cancer. Additional interests include new treatment the... Read More


Brain Tumors, Oncology, Physician Assistant


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Phil Taussky, M.D.

Phil Taussky, MD was born in Basel, Switzerland, where he earned his MD degree at the University of Basel. During his residency at the Kantonsspital Aarau, Switzerland, he was also one of the team physicians for the Swiss National ice-hockey team. After his residency he completed a skull base/cerebrovascular fellowship at the University of Utah and... Read More

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Clinical Neurosciences Center 175 N. Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
(801) 585-7575
Imaging & Neurosciences Center 729 Arapeen Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
(801) 585-7575
Huntsman Cancer Institute 2000 Circle of Hope Dr.
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
(801) 587-7000
Primary Children's Hospital 100 N Mario Capecchi Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84113
(801) 585-7575
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