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About this Treatment: Surgery for Glioma, Glioblastoma, & Astrocytoma
About Brain Tumor Surgery
Brain tumor treatment for your glioma may start with surgery to safely remove as much of the tumor as possible. Surgical goals include confirming the diagnosis, removing the tumor, and relieving symptoms that affect your quality of life.
Some glioma-type (astrocytoma, glioblastoma) brain tumors are small and easy to separate from surrounding healthy brain tissue. In these situations, surgical removal is often the first treatment. Other glioma tumors may be located near or within sensitive areas in the brain. In these cases, surgery is more challenging, and doctors only remove as much of the tumor as is safe.
What to Expect
As you and your family prepare for your care at Stanford, you’ll likely have many questions. We are here to help you in any way we can and to partner with you before, during and after treatment.