Brain Tumor Program

Multidisciplinary Brain Tumor Program Clinics

There are three multidisciplinary clinics that make up the Brain Tumor Program at Michigan Medicine:

To view physicians for the Brain Tumor Program Clinics, visit our Brain Tumor Program Clinics Physicians page.

Michigan Medicine Multidisciplinary Brain Tumor Clinic (M3BTC)

Appointments: To make an appointment at the Michigan Medicine Multidisciplinary Brain Tumor Clinic (M3BTC), call 734-936-7010.

Receiving a diagnosis of a brain tumor can be frightening. At the Michigan Medicine Multidisciplinary Brain Tumor Clinic (M3BTC), we combat this fear with compassion, expertise and cutting-edge research. At the M3BTC, patients with brain tumors can be seen by expert physicians in the three specialties most crucial for successful treatment: Neurosurgery, Neuro-Oncology and Radiation Oncology.

Together, we work strategically to ensure personalized treatment recommendations that will maximize the benefits for each individual patient. Whether a patient has a new diagnosis of cancer or is seeking a second opinion after prior treatment, an appointment at the M3BTC will allow patients to access the brain tumor expertise and clinical trial options that are only available at Michigan Medicine.

Functional Wellness Initiative

Appointments: To make an appointment to discuss your participation in the Functional Wellness Initiative, or to arrange for a film review, call 734-936-7010.

The Funtional Wellness Initiative is a collaborative early intervention program combining language, motor and neurocognitive rehabilitation to improve the survival and quality of life of brain tumor patients.

It is estimated that 90 percent of brain tumor patients are coping with significant impairment as a result of their tumor, impacting their ability to maximize their quality of life. Rarely are brain tumors situated in "silent" areas of the brain, and areas often considered “silent” nevertheless can affect complex human functions, such as relationships, employment and decision-making.

The Functional Wellness Initiative of the University of Michigan Brain Tumor Program works to identify and treat adult and pediatric patients with both malignant and benign brain tumors affecting language, motor, psychological and neurocognitive outcomes.

Comprehensive Brain Tumor Care with a Collaborative Team Approach: The Functional Wellness Initiative at the University of Michigan takes a collaborative team approach, in which patients receive a comprehensive care plan integrating the latest in surgical and non-surgical brain tumor treatments and rehabilitative therapies—from day one. 

A visit to our clinic will include brain tumor experts from neuro-oncology, physical medicine, clinical neuropsychology, speech pathology, and neurosurgery and provide one-on-one counseling to screen and determine which services will help you achieve the best possible outcomes. An individualized, comprehensive care plan is then created based on you and your family's unique needs, values and preferences.

Having a diverse team of care providers present on your initial visit allows you to share your unique concerns and needs with all care providers at one time. This helps us understand you and how your life story gives importance to various treatment and therapy options. This process allows you to accomplish more at each visit, reducing the number of visits needed—saving you and your family important time and travel—all while enhancing your care experience.

Your Visit: Upon referral, our multidisciplinary team of experts will meet with you one–on–one and assess your unique needs in order to develop a personalized comprehensive care plan addressing both your tumor and rehabilitation. This will include a baseline assessment of your neurocognitive and motor functions, social structure, and language capabilities, as well as a review of your imaging and prior cancer history. At the end of these assessments, our team will provide a full summary  of findings focusing on your short and long-term needs. If needed, you will meet with a neurosurgeon to discuss surgical options to maximize tumor removal and a neurologic oncologist to discuss treatment options. Options may include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, anti-angiogenic options, in addition to clinical trials offered through the University of Michigan Brain Tumor Program. Strategies also will be discussed to maximize and improve any existing motor, language, and cognitive deficits. At the end of your visit, you will receive a personalized comprehensive care plan to take home with you.

Continued care will follow through scheduled treatments, rehabilitation and assessments along with sustained communication with your care team. These follow-up appointments allow for continued monitoring and support throughout the care process, and as needs change, so will your treatment plan—focusing on both length of survival as well as achieving the best possible quality of life.