Early treatment often improves the likelihood of a good outcome.
Treatment depends on the size and type of tumor, your age and your general
health. Goals of treatment may be to stop the progression of the tumor, relieve
symptoms and improve brain function or comfort.
Surgery is performed by a neurosurgeon, and is often needed for most
primary brain tumors. Some tumors may be completely removed. For those that
cannot be completely removed, debulking is a procedure that can be used to
reduce the tumor’s size.
Tumors can be hard to remove completely by surgery alone. This is
because the tumor invades surrounding brain tissue much like roots from a plant
spread through soil. When the tumor cannot be removed, surgery may still help
reduce pressure and relieve symptoms.
Any brain mapping with functional MRI or other tests will be determined
and ordered by the neurosurgeon.
Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy (LITT) may be used based on
recommendation by the neurosurgeon.
Radiation oncology will determine the best type of radiation treatment.
therapy is used for certain tumors. Sometimes, radiation is the only
treatment needed. It may also be used to:
Radiation therapy is typically given over many weeks with low-dose
Stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy is available for people who
have brain tumors that cannot be treated with regular surgery or radiation.
This treatment targets and treats a specific, abnormal area without harming
surrounding tissue. The word “stereotactic” describes the process used to find
a single point for treatment. “Radiosurgery” refers to the process of focusing
high-power energy on a small, defined area of treatment. It is not a
traditional surgical procedure. Radiosurgery is usually administered in one to
Radiosurgery may be used to treat patients who have the following
Allina Health has invested in the most current technology in the
treatment of brain and spine tumors. including a Varian™
Trilogy linear accelerator.
or cancer-killing drugs, may be used with surgery or radiation treatment.
Chemotherapy may be used to:
Chemotherapy drugs may be given in a number of different ways, including
injections or pills. Because these medicines travel through the blood to the
entire body, chemotherapy is described as a body-wide treatment.
The rapidly changing field of oncology care offers many opportunities
and challenges. Patients may choose to participate in research programs that
could help advance their care and the care of other patients. Patients who
choose to enroll in selected clinical trials have their health and safety
closely monitored by a team of health care professionals. Learn
more about available clinical trials.
Givens Brain Tumor Center
Abbott Northwestern Hospital Neuroscience Institute
800 East 28th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407