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The Stanford Medicine Online Second Opinion program offers you easy access to our world-class doctors. It’s all done remotely, and you don’t have to visit our hospital or one of our clinics for this service. You don’t even need to leave home!
Your treatment for glioma depends on the tumor's type, size, and growth rate.
Active Surveillance (Watchful Waiting)
If the glioma is growing slowly or not growing, we may not treat it now but monitor it for worsening symptoms. Our neurologists may recommend medications to relieve your symptoms.
Glioma treatment often involves surgery to remove as much of the tumor as safely possible while protecting nearby tissues. Our neurosurgeons use advanced imaging technology, including neuronavigation, to more clearly distinguish the tumor from nearby healthy tissues.
Radiation does not remove tumors, but it can stop their growth. We offer advanced options to deliver the safest maximum dose of radiation directly to the target tissue.
Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT): Equipment used with IMRT conforms the radiation beam to the tumor's shape and customizes the radiation intensity according to the tumor's density.
CyberKnife: This computer-guided system delivers highly focused X-ray radiation beams to tumors while minimizing effects to surrounding healthy tissues. Stanford neurosurgeons developed CyberKnife.
Depending on your diagnosis, your doctor may recommend chemotherapy alone or in combination with other medications.
Tumor Genomic Profiling
Some types of glioma have genetic mutations that make the tumors more responsive to chemotherapy. Our team decodes the tumor's genetic blueprint to determine the treatment that's right for you.
Medication to Manage Glioma Symptoms
Your doctor may recommend medications to manage glioma symptoms. Medications may include:
Anticonvulsants that reduce pain and risk of seizures caused by the tumor
Steroids that reduce brain swelling
Family Risk Management
Having an inherited (runs in families) genetic condition may increase your risk for glioma. Our genetic specialists provide testing to assess your risk and recommend treatment options for you. They can also screen your family members to determine their risks for glioma.