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Surgery is used to diagnose and treat adult brain tumors, and it is often the first step taken in treatment of a brain tumor. The neurosurgeon works to remove as much of the tumor as possible without affecting normal brain function.
Surgery alone, or surgery combined with radiation cures many brain tumors. Surgery can also help to reduce the symptoms of a brain tumor, even when the whole tumor cannot be removed or may regrow in the brain, as is common with two tumors commonly treated at our center, anaplastic astrocytomas and glioblastomas.
When tumors are located deep within the brain, surgery may not be an option. Your physician at the Center will be able to explain all of these options to you carefully so that you understand the decision being made.
At our advanced treatment center, we are able to use interoperative monitoring and computer targeted precise location to make sure that the surgery is highly successful in meeting its goal. These advanced techniques are not available at all hospitals but they are a routine part of treatment at Stanford whenever needed.
Even if the doctor removes all the cancer that can be seen at the time of the surgery, some patients may be given chemotherapy or radiation therapy after surgery to kill any cancer cells that are left.
Some of the advanced and innovative techniques used by Stanford Neurosurgeons include:
Intraoperative speech mapping
Advanced computer navigation during brain surgery for pinpoint accuracy
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.