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Brain Tumors Vascular Treatment

The treatment for vascular brain tumors depends on the size, and location of the tumor.

Treatment for vascular brain tumors may include:

Brain Tumors Vascular Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of vascular brain tumors.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • Will I need physical therapy?
  • Will I need occupational therapy?
  • Will my children have this condition?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Brain Tumors Vascular Radiation

Stereotactic radiosurgery for vascular brain tumors uses a highly-focused dose of radiation directed at a small area of the vascular brain tumor. It requires specialized scanning equipment, and 3-dimensional imaging. Another name for this method is a gamma knife.

Gamma knife devices allow doctors to deliver a precise dose of radiation just to the area of the tumor. This device has a lightweight linear accelerator attached to a robotic arm. This highly-specific therapy delivers deadly doses to tumor cells with a minimal effect on surrounding brain tissue.

Brain Tumors Vascular Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat vascular brain tumors:

Brain Tumors Vascular Surgery

Most vascular brain tumors can be removed completely with surgery. However, some tumors are surrounded by vital structures or blood vessels, which may make it impossible to remove the tumor without damaging the brain.

Complications of surgery for vascular brain tumors include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Damage to the brain
  • Stroke

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Last Updated: Jan 7, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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