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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)

Meningiomas are 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