Dr. Ajaya N Jha
Institute of Neurosciences
Brain tumor treatment overview
Treatment for Brain Tumor is tailor made keeping the patient’s age, general health, the size, location and type of the tumor.
Treatment of Brain Tumor is usually complex. Most treatment plans involve several consulting doctors.
The treatment protocols vary widely according to the location of the tumor, its size and type, patient’s age and any additional medical problems that the patient may have.
Brain tumor surgery
The purpose of surgery is to confirm that the abnormality seen during diagnostic test is indeed a tumor and to remove the tumor. If the tumor cannot be removed, the surgeon will take a sample of the tumor to identify its type.
In some cases, mostly in benign Tumors, symptoms can be completely cured by surgical removal of the tumor. The neurosurgeon will attempt to remove the entire tumor if possible.
The patient may undergo several treatments and procedures before surgery.
Radiation therapy for Brain Tumor
Radiation therapy (also called radiotherapy) is the use of high-energy rays to kill tumor cells, thereby stopping them from growing and multiplying.
Chemotherapy for Brain Tumor
Chemotherapy uses drugs to kill or alter cancer cells. Chemotherapy is not an effective initial treatment for low-grade Brain Tumors, mostly because standard drugs have a hard time passing into the brain because of how the brain protects itself (the blood-brain barrier). In addition, not all types of Brain Tumors respond to chemotherapy. In general, chemotherapy for Brain Tumors is usually administered following surgery or radiation therapy.
Newer delivery methods to overcome some of these problems include:
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