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You are not alone in your journey with a rare brain or spine tumor. The NCI-CONNECT Clinic brings together adult patients with the same rare brain or spine tumor and their caregivers to receive special services. First visit services include:

  • A review of your diagnosis. Our team will evaluate your tumor tissue prior to your first visit to confirm your tumor type. We will also look for gene changes that could cause cancer and help us treat it.
  • Consultations with our expert healthcare team. These include:

View or download the NCI-CONNECT clinic flyer

To participate in the NCI-CONNECT Clinic, contact us at or call 240-760-6530.

CARES Group Meetings

Health and wellness counselors teach you ways to improve your health and well-being in CARES (Coping, Advocacy, Relationships, Education, Support).

Coping with a rare brain or spine tumor may make you feel isolated and unsure of how to stay healthy. This can also affect your loved ones. Our CARES health and wellness counselor wants to share some positive coping strategies that may help you get through each day so you can continue to live fully.

During your NCI-CONNECT Clinic visit, you and your loved ones will have a CARES group meeting with a health and wellness expert. You will learn coping and wellness techniques and meet others with your same diagnosis.

During a CARES meeting, you will:

  • Learn techniques to improve your and your caregiver’s quality of life.
  • Learn tips from others with your diagnosis.
  • Get educational resources.

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View or download the CARES flyer

Genetic Counseling

Genetic counselors determine if your cancer is hereditary and what that means for you and your family.

During your NCI-CONNECT Clinic visit, you will have a personalized meeting with a genetic counselor. A genetic counselor helps determine if your cancer is hereditary, passed down through a family, and what that means for you.

While very few central nervous system cancers are hereditary, all are caused by genetic changes. Studying these changes helps researchers develop treatments and improve care.

Our genetic counselor will:

  • Meet with you to talk about your personal and family medical history.
  • Decide if genetic testing is right for you. Researchers will review your saliva, blood and tumor tissue samples to look for genetic changes to find out if your tumor is hereditary.
  • Discuss genetic test results and how the results affect your and your family’s medical care.
  • Answer any questions you may have.

View or download the genetic counseling flyer

What is Genetic Counseling?

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