Exploring the Treatment Options for Brain Tumors

Receiving the diagnosis of a brain or spinal tumor can be an overwhelming experience, especially as you consider your treatment options. When it comes to the treatment of brain tumors, there are a number of factors that you and your neurosurgeon will discuss. The malignancy, size, location, and aggressiveness of the tumor are all important considerations that will influence the urgency and complexity of your treatment. Below, you can see some of the treatment options that you might discuss following your diagnosis.

Conventional Surgery

Tumor resection may be performed with open surgery or minimally invasive surgical techniques, depending on the location of the tumor. During surgery, the physician will remove as much of the abnormal mass as possible. Radiation or chemotherapy may be used as follow-up procedures to ensure the complete eradication of malignant cells in the case of cancerous tumors.

Stereotactic Radiosurgery

When brain tumors are inaccessible through surgery, treatment may still be possible with stereotactic radiosurgery. Radiosurgery uses high-intensity doses of radiation targeted with X-ray or CT guidance to kill abnormal cells in the tumor without harming the surrounding tissues. This treatment is completely painless, though it may require multiple sessions for effective care.

Imaging and Monitoring

In cases where a tumor is slow-growing or not causing many symptoms, the doctor may choose to avoid surgery and other treatment while monitoring the tumor with regular imaging. Brain and spinal tumors can vary significantly, so it is important to have an individualized approach to care for each patient.

If you have had a brain tumor diagnosis or you are experiencing common brain tumor symptoms, call Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3463 to get a referral for a member of our neurosurgical team. Our neurology services cover the treatment of brain and spinal tumors, stroke, and a wide range of neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s and epilepsy.

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