Cancer Pineal Gland Treatment
- Surgery for pineal tumor
- Radiation therapy for pineal tumor:
- Exposing cancer cells to radiation can kill them.
- Chemotherapy for pineal tumors:
- The administration of medicines that kill cancer cells.
- Medications for nausea and vomiting:
Cancer Pineal Gland Radiation Therapy
Pineal tumor may be treated with radiation therapy.
Radiation therapy uses a highly-focused dose of radiation directed at a small area of the 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 to the tumor, with a minimal effect on surrounding brain tissue.
Complications of radiation therapy may include:
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Cancer Pineal Gland Surgery
Pineal tumors are deeply embedded in the brain and surrounded by vital structures. This makes it very difficult to remove the tumor without damaging other parts of the brain. Microsurgical techniques allow some of these tumors to be removed with a lower risk of complications.
Surgical complications include:
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