What are the treatments for brain tumors?

Many. The traditional treatments for these tumors are surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Newer treatments include strategies such as vaccines, gene therapy and monoclonal antibody therapy. The optimal use of these different modalties should be chosen by physicians familiar in the treatment of patients with brain tumors.
Depends: tumor type. Treatment is different depending on the the type of brain tumor. Benign brain tumors like meningioma may be treated surgically or by radiosurgery or a combination of above. Malignant high grad primary brain tumors are typically treated by maximal safe resection followed by chemoradiation. Metastatic brain tumors are treated surgically or by radiation, radiosurgery or a combination of above.

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What are some alternative treatments for a glioblastoma brain tumor?

Combination. I would never suggest fighting any tumor alone with alternative therapies but as combination therapy with conventional medicine; i would definitely add large quantities of food enzymes on an empty stomach with solid organic nutrition and i would add protandim to eliminate oxidative stress. Tag me in email thru my website and check protandim www.Medacpc.Com. Read more...
Burzynski. Dr. Stanislaw burzynski in houston texas has developed some agents called antineoplastins that can be used for patients with tumors. You can google his practice in houston. Read more...

Any new meds or treatments for astrocytic brain tumors?

Clinical trials. There are several new meds that are in clinical trials for the highest grade astrocytic brain tumors (gbm). The rtog groups run several clinical trials testing out different medications. There are also some multicenter trials for vaccines against the gbm. Finally, novocure is a recently fda approved option for the treatment of recurrent high grade astrocytic tumors. It uses electric field therapy. Read more...
Experimental only. Unfortunately, while a number of new types of agents are being looked at in animal models and clinical trials, there have not been major new types of treatments for astrocytomas which are approved for use as of recently. Read more...

What are the best treatments for an aggressively growing brain tumor?

Depend on tumor type. Treating for growing tumors depends on the type of tumor, location and what treatments have already been tried. Combinations of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy are common. Read more...
GBM therapy. Best know exact tumor type. By aggressive brain tumor I am presuming you mean a primary brain tumor known as glioblastoma multiforme(gbm). Treatment includes maximum safe resection+/-bcnu wafer and based on performance status- radiation + temazolamide. Stupp r et al. Radiotherapy + concomitant and adjuvant temozolomide vs radiotherapy alone, lancet oncol 2009. Read more...

Freaking out about possible brain tumor please help what kind of treatments are there for this?

Depends on the type. Of tumor. There is no point in freaking out. Treating brain tumors is not a do it yourself job and god forbid you get brain cancer you will need to consult more than one specialist. By the way brain cancers are uncommon. The treatments include, surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Read more...

I had 50% of my brain tumor removed in Mar followed by 28 radtition treatments. Finished those Aug 21.how long those the radition keep workin?

It varies...months t. It varies from Months to years. It will depend on the Grade of your brain tumor. High grade tumors(WHO grade-4, also called Glioblastoma) are much more dangerous and often recur with one year. Low grade tumors can remain under control for many years. Find out the grade of your brain tumor so that you have a better understanding of your prognosis. Read more...

Could you advise what alternative treatments are there for a grade 4 glioblastoma brain tumor?

Not many. Thus far, alternative therapy for gbm (grade IV glioma) has been extremely ineffective. I've had a few patients try other treatments over the years with disastrous results. The best treatment for gbm is to stick with proven methods. Vitamins, calcium, alkalinizing the blood, herbal therapy, etc all sound good but don't work at all. I hope this helps and wish you the best. Read more...
Many but not good. There are many proposed so called alternative treatments for brain tumors and not one has been shown to help a patient in any convincing fashion. If you have a brain tumor you absolutely should work with a physician(s) experienced in the treatment of these tumors. Furthermore, although some alternative treatments are harmless, some are not--and their use should also be discussed with your doctor. Read more...

I finished up 28 treatments of radiation 21st of August how long does it continue to work after you stop. It was on a brain tumor?

Depends on type. radiation can be quite effective in delaying tumor progression. Tumor recurrdnce depends on type. Wishing you continued enjoyment surfing- hang 10. Read more...

I had radiation 2 years ago I had a brain tumor remove had some tumor left so I had 28 treatments of radiation. 2 yrs out could it make me off bala?

Maybe. I am not sure exactly what you had, but if you're walking now it went very well. You need to return to the doctors that treated you or other similar experts to reassess any new symptoms related to your brain which would include problems with balance or dizziness. Because of your special circumstances these can not be ignored. Go get seen as soon as possible and get as healthy as you can be! Read more...