Consultations with branch providers at the Neuro-Oncology Clinic in Bethesda, Maryland include our neuro-oncology physicians, nurse practitioners, research nurses, and social workers. While NIH does not cover expenses for medical services at other facilities, tests and treatments at NIH are free-of-charge.
Neuro-Oncology Branch Clinical Research Team
Our highly trained physicians develop and conduct a wide range of clinical trials in a quest to develop the medicines of tomorrow.
At the NCI Center for Cancer Research's Neuro-Oncology Branch (NOB), we work with you and your primary doctor to collaborate on a comprehensive care plan that treats your brain or spine tumor and helps you cope with the physical and emotional aspects of your diagnosis. We also work closely with our colleagues in neuropathology, neurosurgery, radiation oncology, and radiology to provide personalized diagnosis and treatments. The NOB’s Neuro-Oncology Clinic is located at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Patients at the NIH Clinical Center consent to participate in research studies (protocols) and are treated without charge. NIH does not bill for any services. Patients also receive support for travel expenses, food, lodging and outpatient treatment.
To request a second opinion or consultation, first have your primary doctor contact us at NCINOBReferrals@mail.nih.gov or call 1-866-251-9686 or 240-760-6010 (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET) to discuss the best options for your care. Please understand that we are not accepting self-referrals or international patients at this time, but your care remains our top priority. Learn more by visiting our patient information page.
Need to make an appointment or refer a patient?
At the Neuro-Oncology Clinic, we provide consultations free-of-charge for patients who are recently diagnosed with a primary brain or spinal cord tumor, those seeking a second opinion on their diagnosis or treatment, or those who have recurrent tumors.
The NOB also leads two additional collaborative networks to improve approaches to care and treatment for those with central nervous system (CNS) tumors:
Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative (BTTC)
The Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative (BTTC) develops and performs state-of-the-art clinical trials in a collaborative and collegial environment—advancing treatments for patients with brain and spine tumors that merge sound scientific methods with concern for patient wellbeing. Contact our BTTC team by emailing NCI_BTTC@mail.nih.gov or calling 240-760-6060.
NCI-CONNECT (Comprehensive Oncology Network Evaluating Rare CNS Tumors)
NCI-CONNECT (Comprehensive Oncology Network Evaluating Rare CNS Tumors) is a program that advances our understanding of rare CNS cancers in adults by fostering patient-advocacy-provider partnerships. Contact our NCI-CONNECT team at NCICONNECT@mail.nih.gov or call 240-760-6530.