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Treatment Options by Type of Adult Brain Tumor

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    Ependymal Tumors

    Treatment of grade I and grade II ependymomas may include the following:

    • Surgery to remove the tumor. Radiation therapy may also be given if tumor remains after surgery.

    Treatment of grade III anaplastic ependymoma may include the following:

    • Surgery and radiation therapy.

    Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with adult ependymal tumors. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

    Medulloblastomas

    Treatment of medulloblastomas may include the following:

    • Surgery and radiation therapy to the brain and spine.
    • A clinical trial of chemotherapy added to surgery and radiation therapy to the brain and spine

    Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with adult medulloblastoma. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

    Pineal Parenchymal Tumors

    Treatment of pineal parenchymal tumors may include the following:

    • For pineocytomas, surgery and radiation therapy.
    • For pineoblastomas, surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.

    Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with adult pineal parenchymal tumor. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

    Meningeal Tumors

    Treatment of grade I meningiomas may include the following:

    • Watchful waiting for tumors with no symptoms.
    • Surgery to remove the tumor. Radiation therapy may also be given if tumor remains after surgery.
    • Radiation therapy for tumors that cannot be removed by surgery.

    Treatment of grade II and III meningioma and hemangiopericytoma may include the following:

    • Surgery and radiation therapy.
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