Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Cancer Pineal Gland Treatment

Treatment for a pineal tumor may include some combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.

Specific treatment for a pineal tumor may include:

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:

Cancer Pineal Gland Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat pineal tumors:

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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Last Updated: Oct 21, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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