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Treatments for Brain Tumors

  • Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
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Treatments for Brain Tumors

The goal of treatment is to slow the disease and maintain quality of life. For some types of tumors, the goal is to cure the person of the disease. At this time, this is not possible for all types of brain tumors. The treatment plan often uses more than one therapy. This is based on the type of tumor, a person's age, general health, and outlook. Comfort measures are given to those in later stages.

If the tumor is not causing problems, the doctor may advise watchful waiting. This means the tumor will be monitored for growth or new symptoms.

Brain tumor treatment includes:

Treatments for many cancers are always changing. Some have yet to be found. As a result, clinical trials exist. More can be learned about them by visiting the National Institutes of Health website.


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  • Rimas Lukas, MD
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