Your care team will create a customized treatment plan for you based on several important factors. These include any neurological symptoms you’re experiencing (for example, vision problems, hearing loss, strength or sensory changes, or even personality changes), the size and location of your tumor, your overall health, and your treatment preferences.
Because meningiomas are usually benign and grow slowly, watchful waiting with regular imaging is often a first step. Your doctors will request routine MRI scans (possibly every couple of months or years) so they can understand how the tumor may be changing or growing.
Our surgeons use minimally invasive techniques whenever possible to make recovery faster and easier. Depending on the tumor’s location, we may be able to access these tumors through small incisions in the scalp or even through your nose using an endoscope. In other cases, we can remove meningiomas through small, coin-sized holes in the skull. In rare cases, a traditional craniotomy (a larger opening in the skull) may be the best option. We work closely with you and your family to customize the approach for each person.
Sometimes used with or instead of surgery, radiation therapy can stunt tumor growth or even shrink the tumor while preserving healthy brain tissue. Stereotactic radiosurgery treats tumors by delivering high doses of radiation to precisely targeted areas while shielding surrounding tissue. We use several imaging tools, including MRI and CT scans, to pinpoint the location of the meningioma.