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How is meningioma treated?

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If the tumor isn't causing any symptoms, your doctor may recommend just keeping an eye on it. If it is, you may need surgery called a craniotomy. This involves removing the tumor or as much of it as possible. If it can't be reached with surgery, radiation therapy may shrink it or help keep it from getting bigger. Radiation can also be used to kill cancer cells if the tumor is cancerous, or to destroy the parts of a tumor that couldn't be removed during surgery.

SOURCES:

Cedars-Sinai: "Meningiomas Brain Tumors."

Brigham and Women's Hospital: "Facts about Meningiomas."

Johns Hopkins Medicine web site: "Grades of Meningioma," "Stereotactic Radiosurgery," "What Is a Meningioma?" "Types of Meningioma," "Diagnosis of Meningioma," "Treatment of Meningioma."

American Academy of Neurological Surgeons: "Meningiomas."

Medscape: "Pathophysiology."

UCLA Health System web site: "What Is a Meningioma?"

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 9, 2019

SOURCES:

Cedars-Sinai: "Meningiomas Brain Tumors."

Brigham and Women's Hospital: "Facts about Meningiomas."

Johns Hopkins Medicine web site: "Grades of Meningioma," "Stereotactic Radiosurgery," "What Is a Meningioma?" "Types of Meningioma," "Diagnosis of Meningioma," "Treatment of Meningioma."

American Academy of Neurological Surgeons: "Meningiomas."

Medscape: "Pathophysiology."

UCLA Health System web site: "What Is a Meningioma?"

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 9, 2019

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