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Treatment Options by Type of Adult Brain Tumor

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    Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with adult meningeal 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.

    Germ Cell Tumors

    There is no standard treatment for germ cell tumors (germinoma, embryonal carcinoma, choriocarcinoma, and teratoma). Treatment depends on what the tumor cells look like under a microscope, the tumor markers, where the tumor is in the brain, and whether it can be removed by surgery.

    Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with adult central nervous system germ cell 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.

    Craniopharyngiomas

    Treatment of craniopharyngiomas may include the following:

    • Surgery to completely remove the tumor.
    • Surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible, followed by radiation therapy.

    Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with adult craniopharyngioma. 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.

    Recurrent Brain Tumors

    There is no standard treatment for recurrent brain tumors. Treatment depends on the patient's condition, the expected side effects of the treatment, where the tumor is in the brain, and whether the tumor can be removed by surgery. Treatment may include the following:

    • Surgery to remove the tumor.
    • Chemotherapy with drugs not used to treat the original tumor.
    • Chemotherapy placed into the brain during surgery.
    • Radiation therapy.
    • A clinical trial of a new treatment.
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