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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Benign Meningioma

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Would radiation treatment work on a 5.9x4.1x4.2cm left frontal lobe meningioma (benign or malignant)?

Would radiation treatment work on a 5.9x4.1x4.2cm left frontal lobe meningioma (benign or malignant)?

A large tumor: A tumor of this size may be causing symptoms and serious consideration of surgical resection should be undertaken by a skilled neurosurgeon. Only if an excellent surgeon has recommended against surgery or the patient has serious medical problems would I advise radiation treatments in a large tumor like this. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Eisenberg
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Meningioma (Definition)

Tumors that occur in the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Most of these tumors are benign, but a small percentage can be malignant. Most people with ...Read more


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I have a meningioma since 2002 it's in a nasty place on the cranial nerves would you say that the radiotherapy would be the best treatment?

I have a meningioma since 2002 it's in a nasty place on the cranial nerves would you say that the radiotherapy would be the best treatment?

Depends: Based on size & location, radiotherapy (4-5.5 wks) or radiosurgery (1-5 treatments) may be appropriate especially in the absence of surgical options. Rate of change and symptoms also play role in decision-making of if & when to treat. ...Read more

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How long would a teen diagnosed with meningioma live? What types of treatments would be recommended? What side effects would those treatments cause?

It is usually benign: After its removal, most people with meningioma live a long normal life. On rare occasions, it can recur and require repeat surgery. It takes many years before it causes any serious problems, if ever. ...Read more

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What is the usual treatment for a meningioma?

Depends: You should be seen by a neurosurgeon, especially if you have any symptoms associated with it. Observation with close imaging follow-up may be approprate in select cases if asymptomatic. The usual treatment for the symptomatic meningioma include surgical resection, transarterial embolization and radiation. ...Read more

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What's the chance of meningiomas for someone who's only had a few sessions of radiosurgery? Does DNA damage only occur if one's had lots of treatment?

What's the chance of meningiomas for someone who's only had a few sessions of radiosurgery? Does DNA damage only occur if one's had lots of treatment?

Depends: Radiosurgery is designed to minimize the radiation exposure beyond the target. While we cannot quantify the risk for developing meningioma, we do know the effect of radiation is dose dependent and not treatment number per se. ...Read more

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What is the treatmentposterior fossa meninginoma treatment?

What is the treatmentposterior fossa meninginoma treatment?

It depends: Symptoms and concerns like these mandate a thorough evaluation by your doctor. Only after such an evaluation, which may include labs and radiographic examinations, can he/she let you know what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more

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How can having a benign meningioma tumor hurt you?

Depends: Even a benign meningioma can grow into a problem- pain, headaches, seizures can occur. Other symptoms may vary on the location of the tumor in the brain. ...Read more

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What tests or procedures are used to determine, if meningiomas are benign or malignant?

A microscope.: Meningiomas have a very characteristic appearance on brain scans. If they are surgically removed, a pathologist will look at the tissue under a microscope to make the final diagnosis. Sometimes they don't require removal. ...Read more

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Alternative medicines like homeopathy for meningioma?

Alternative medicines like homeopathy for meningioma?

Meningioma: Meningioma is usually a slow-growing, benign tumor of the protective coverings of the brain/spinal cord. They can be found incidentally on MRI scans -- and unless pressing on other structures, they're usually observed rather than operated upon. I do know of cases where homeopathy has seemed to resolve such tumors. It requires astute, complete casetaking by a skilled professional homeopath. ...Read more

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Could a CT scan tell if a meningioma is benign?

No: Most meningiomas are benign. The only way to know for sure is with pathologic review after resection. ...Read more

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Can CT scan tell if a meningioma is benign?

Can CT scan tell if a meningioma is benign?

No: Truly the answer is no as the only way to confirm that one is bengin is by biopsy. It is not uncommon, for instance in the eldely where the risk of surgery may be much greater, when a brain tumor has features highly consistent with meningioma for the work up to stop after the ct or mri. If this were a board exam I believe the best answer, however, would be no. ...Read more

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What is a ossified lesion with a benign osteoma or old calcified meningioma in the r frontal region of my brain?

What is a ossified lesion with a benign osteoma or old calcified meningioma in the r frontal region of my brain?

Benign brain lesions: These are benign. In other words, not malignant lesions and do not require treatment unless you have significant symptoms. Ossified means there is some bony part to it or it has solidified / no longer fluid. ...Read more

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I had one seizure which is how we found out I had a benign meningioma. Been on keppra (levetiracetam) for 1 yr. What is recommended schedule to wean off?

Tough answer.: There are many factors for you and your neurologist to consider before discussing a medication taper. First, if the meningioma is still there, you'll continue to be at risk for seizures. If the meningioma was removed, repeat eeg's would also need to be performed to look at your potential risk for future seizures. After that, your neurologist may consider tapering you off. ...Read more

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I want to ask, I had a brain surgery I had a benign tumor it was meningioma, is that possible to show up this tumor after couple of years?

Know grade: The recurrence rate of a meningoma depends upon its WHO GRADE. If the original meningoma was Grade I recurrence is lower 25% and if it was Grade III recurrence rate can be as high as 90%. Check out what your specific Grade was and your neurosurgeon can educate you about the risk for recurrence. ...Read more

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How often is a benign "meningioma" brain tumor life threatening? (please give straight forward answers) I really don't need useless information now.

How often is a benign "meningioma" brain tumor life threatening? (please give straight forward answers) I really don't need useless information now.

Meningioma: The tumor becomes life threa, tening when it impinges on the breathing center of the brain. Likewise, it impinges on the crnial nerves and major blood vessels. ...Read more

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Does anyone know anything about meningiomas?

Does anyone know anything about meningiomas?

Benign tumors: The covering of the brain is called the meninges a benign tumor of this tissue usually very slow growing is called a meningioma. ...Read more

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Do people with meningioma have a lot of pain?

No: Most meningioma patients have no symptoms. A few will have headaches and possibly seizures if the meningioma is large enough. They are often present for many years without difficulty and can be watched. ...Read more