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The Largest Phase 0 Clinical Trials Program in the World

The Ivy Brain Tumor Center is a nonprofit translational research program that offers state-of-the-art clinical trials for patients with even the most aggressive brain tumors.

Brain Tumor Treatment at Ivy

The Ivy Brain Tumor Center is a leader in brain tumor research and treatment. The Ivy Center is located in Phoenix, Arizona, at Barrow Neurological Institute, the highest-volume operative brain tumor center in the U.S.

Whether benign or malignant, a brain tumor can be life-changing. The Ivy Center’s multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals and scientists work to understand the molecular structure of each patient’s brain tumor to determine its pathology and the most effective treatment plan. Explore a variety of brain tumor types we treat.

Tumors we treat

Primary Brain Tumor Types

As one of the world’s largest brain tumor treatment centers, the Ivy Center utilizes advanced therapies, state-of-the-art technology and innovative clinical trials to tailor each patient’s treatment plan to their individualized needs and circumstances. No two brain tumors are alike and each tumor requires a treatment regimen designed for its unique genetic composition.

While each patient’s brain tumor experience is different, those on the receiving end of the diagnosis share the overwhelming feelings of worry, fear and stress. No one should have to cope with a brain cancer diagnosis alone. We understand the uncertainty of your circumstances. Our team is here for you every step of the way.

Ian Youngblood

“At the Ivy Brain Tumor Center, you have people that take the time to study and research and they are committed to finding a cure for patients. It's a comfort to know that this institution is right here in my backyard.”

Ian Youngblood Brain Tumor Survivor

Jenn Ortiz

“When given an opportunity to participate in a clinical trial at the Ivy Brain Tumor Center – take it! Experimental clinical trials provide information that will eventually lead to a cure, and most importantly, they give HOPE!”

Jenn Ortiz Living with Glioblastoma since 2020

Ivy Brain Tumor Center

“The progress achieved by the Ivy Center’s Phase 0 clinical trials program has surpassed anything I have seen in the 16 years I have been funding brain cancer research. The new building in Phoenix will serve to leverage this success, so the Center can move even faster to discover and develop a new FDA-approved therapy for brain cancer.”

Catherine Ivy President and Founder, Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation

Clinical Trials

Ivy Brain Tumor Center clinical trials play a pivotal role in developing new therapies and advancing treatment options that make a significant impact on patient outcomes. The Ivy Center operates the world’s largest Phase 0 clinical trials program in the world. 

Latest from Ivy

Valley woman spreading awareness about brain tumors

Channel 12News recently featured Marie Donahue, a dedicated U.S. Navy member and patient at the Ivy Brain Tumor Center, in honor of Brain Tumor Awareness Month. Despite facing a daunting brain tumor diagnosis, Marie has tackled every day with an adventurous spirit and a renewed outlook on life. Watch her inspiring story now!

Brain Tumor Talk Ep. 2: Enhancing Brain Tumor Treatment with Clinical Trials with Guest Dr. Yoshie Umemura

Join us on “Brain Tumor Talk” as we sit down with Dr. Yoshie Umemura, Chief Medical Officer at the Ivy Brain Tumor Center, to dive into the complexities of brain tumor treatments. Dr. Umemura shares her expert insights on everything from the current standard of care and various chemotherapy protocols to the potential life-changing impact of clinical trials.

Clinical Trials for Brain Cancer Because Giving Up Isn’t an Option

Carol Stevens, who faced a glioblastoma recurrence just six months after standard treatment, found new hope in a clinical trial at the Ivy Brain Tumor Center. With a tailored approach that utilized an experimental drug specific to her tumor’s genetics, Carol experienced significant progress, underscoring the trial’s personalized and innovative strategy. Her story highlights the crucial role of clinical trials in providing options where standard treatments fall short. Read her full story!

Team stacking hands to show teamwork

Making a Difference on Glioblastoma Awareness Day 2024

Glioblastoma Awareness Day (GBM Day) is dedicated to increasing public awareness of glioblastoma brain cancer.

A Mental Mindset for Brain Cancer

Jeff Staudt shares his compelling journey after being diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain tumor. Facing a severe prognosis, Jeff chose positivity and determination over surrender, a decision that has defined his eight-year battle with cancer. Highlighting the critical role of mindset, Jeff’s story illustrates how a strong mindset, alongside a tailored medical treatment plan, can defy the odds. Read his full story!