Meningioma Treatment Options

BSF Researcher and Scientific Advisor Patrick Wen, MD and Patients.
BSF Researcher and Scientific Advisor Patrick Wen, MD, discusses treatments with patients at Meningioma Awareness Day

Several treatment options are available for meningiomas, chosen based on several factors including the size of the tumor, its location, whether the tumor is causing any symptoms in the patient (symptomatic) or not (asymptomatic), age, and overall health of the patient. In some cases, more than one treatment option may be used, not only when the tumor is first treated, but also over time should the tumor progress and/or recur.

In deciding the particular course of treatment for a patient, the benefits of each treatment option or combination of treatment options are weighed against the associated risks. It should also be noted that sometimes there is not an obvious “right” choice, because how effective a particular option is may not be fully understood. As newer treatment possibilities emerge and studies are done to look at how successful various options and combination of options are, the recommended course of treatment for patients will continue to evolve.
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The bigger a meningioma is the more likely that it is exerting greater pressure on the brain, resulting in the increased possibility of brain damage occurring and symptoms being exhibited. Most meningiomas are slow-growing and may compress the brain at such a gradual rate that the brain is able to accommodate the compression and any associated damage without the patient displaying any symptoms for a significant period of time.

The overall health of a patient can also influence the treatment option chosen. If a patient has other health problems, surgery may not be the best choice because it may result in increased complications for the patient whose well-being is already compromised.

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