Where is a pineal tumor?

Near Center of brain. The pineal gland is located near the center of the brain. A pineal tumor is generally located in the same area.

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What is a pineal tumor?

A brain tumor. A pineal tumor is an abnormal growth in the pineal gland, which is in the center of the brain. It can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancer). Even benign pineal tumors may cause severe symptoms like vision loss, headaches, and hormone problems due to the location. Read more...
Different types. The pineal gland is located in the center of the brain which makes the hormone melatonin (involved in regulating sleep.) there are different types of pineal cancers, and the treatments and outcomes vary depend on the tumor type and extent of the disease at diagnosis. Read more here: http://www.Braintumor.Org/patients-family-friends/about-brain-tumors/tumor-types/pineal-tumor.Html. Read more...

I discovered I have a pineal tumor about 1cm in diameter. Is this something to be worried about? Could it be cancerous?

Epiphysis. Pineal tumors can vary; most of them are benign but there are malignant ones. You need a thorough workup by neuro-oncologist and neuro-surgeon who will decide a best cause of action after that. Most of these include a biopsy that is sent to a specialized pathologist (neuropathologist) who will determine precise nature of the tumor, which will dictate further therapy and management. Read more...

How do you tell the difference between a pineal tumor and a pineal cyst?

A biopsy or imaging. True pineal gland cysts are not brain tumors; rather, they are a completely benign cysts. The large majority of pineal gland cysts do not enlarge much if at all. However, some do enlarge over time slowly. Even though pineal cysts are benign and usually harmless, they can mimic a tumor, they often need to be distinguished from other cystic tumors via biopsies or imaging study (ie MRI of the brain). Read more...
Imaging studies. I believe MRI is the best imaging modality for viewing the structure of parts of the brain. An MRI should be able to visualize the pineal gland and determine whether it is solid, cystic or enlarged. Read more...

Who does pineal tumor brain surgery?

Neurosurgeon. Most neurosurgeons can do this surgery. Depending on the size of the pineal tumor, you may want to call around to different universities or large medical centers and ask if there is a neurosurgeon who does endoscopic surgery and may do your tumor. But any neurosurgeon can give you the proper consultation. Read more...

I had a 1.5 centimeter pineal tumor removed a week ago. My question is why does a lot of neurosurgeons at great university hospitals not help me?

Please see below. Getting to the pineal region surgically can be very challenging and often risky. Sometimes it can be done minimally invasively via endoscopic techniques. This would explain why many neurosurgeons were reluctant to operate. If you had this surgery a week ago and you're good enough neurologically to be typing questions online you're doing great. Read more...
Few had experience . Not a day to day disease is uncommon , I am glad you are ok , before the minimally invasive endoscopic surgery , reaching the pineal gland in complex location with out injuring normal brain tissue is a big problem, also remarkable progress has been made in neurosurgery, skills, training, equipment , concepts and besides you had a great neuro-surgeon and thank him, good luck. Read more...