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How useful is surgery in treating brainstem cancers?

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Dr. Igor Yusupov
Neurosurgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not usually

Surgery is usually not indicated for brainstem cancers.

In brief: Not usually

Surgery is usually not indicated for brainstem cancers.
Dr. Igor Yusupov
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Dr. Jefferson Chen
Neurosurgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Surgery is risky

Brainstem cancers are usually intrinsic to the brainstem. That is, they invade the brainstem and are infiltrative.
Surgery to remove them is usually very risky because of damage to the surrounding tissue. Furthermore, it unlikely to be successful because the brainstem cancers have "fingers" that cannot be removed.

In brief: Surgery is risky

Brainstem cancers are usually intrinsic to the brainstem. That is, they invade the brainstem and are infiltrative.
Surgery to remove them is usually very risky because of damage to the surrounding tissue. Furthermore, it unlikely to be successful because the brainstem cancers have "fingers" that cannot be removed.
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