Neuroectodermal Tumor Treatment
Treatment for primitive neuroectodermal tumors may include anticonvulsant medications, oral corticosteroid medications, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or surgery.
Treatment for primitive neuroectodermal tumors may include:
- Anticonvulsants for seizures
- Oral corticosteroid medications:
- To control brain swelling
- Surgery for primitive neuroectodermal tumors:
- Surgical removal of the tumor
- Radiation therapy for primitive neuroectodermal tumors:
- Exposing cancer cells to radiation can kill them.
- Chemotherapy for primitive neuroectodermal tumors:
- The administration of medicines that kill cancer cells.
- Medications used for nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy include:
Neuroectodermal Tumor Drugs
Medications used to treat primitive neuroectodermal tumors include:
- Corticosteroids to reduce brain swelling:
- Narcotic pain medication
- For moderate to severe pain
- For short term use only
- Medications for nausea and vomiting:
Neuroectodermal Tumor Radiation Therapy
Radiation therapy for primitive neuroectodermal tumors 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:
Neuroectodermal Tumor Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat primitive neuroectodermal tumors:
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