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What is the purpose of surgery for brain cancer?

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Many people with a brain tumor get surgery to confirm that it's a tumor and to remove it, if possible. If the tumor can't be removed, the surgeon will take a sample of the tumor to identify its type. In some cases, mostly in benign tumors, removing the tumor can stop all symptoms. The neurosurgeon will attempt to remove all the tumor when possible.

From: Brain Cancer Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

Author: Charles Davis, MD, PhD, Research Director, Professor of Emergency Medicine, Department of Surgery, Division of Emergency Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Coauthor(s): Nitin Tandon, MD, Staff Physician, Department of Surgery, Division of Neurosurgery, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Editors: Brian F Chinnock, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Jerry Balentine, DO, Professor of Emergency Medicine, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine; Medical Director, Saint Barnabas Hospital.  




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National Cancer Institute.

Brain Cancer Treatment from eMedicineHealth.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 28, 2018

Author: Charles Davis, MD, PhD, Research Director, Professor of Emergency Medicine, Department of Surgery, Division of Emergency Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Coauthor(s): Nitin Tandon, MD, Staff Physician, Department of Surgery, Division of Neurosurgery, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Editors: Brian F Chinnock, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Jerry Balentine, DO, Professor of Emergency Medicine, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine; Medical Director, Saint Barnabas Hospital.  




ADDITIONAL SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute.

Brain Cancer Treatment from eMedicineHealth.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 28, 2018

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