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What treatments are available for meningioma?
Specific treatment for meningioma may include:
surgery – Complete surgical removal is usually best for meningiomas, however there are exceptions: incomplete removal may be more appropriate for tumors in specific locations such as the medial sphenoid wing, orbital, tentorial, clival and posterior parasagittal tumors.
radiation therapy – Radiation can decrease the recurrence rate if your child's tumor has not been completely removed. Stereotactic radiotherapy is useful to minimize the dose to surrounding structures and is particularly useful to treat meningiomas next to the optic nerves or brainstem.
What about progressive or recurrent disease?
Depending upon the site of the recurrence, surgery will usually be performed again. If this is not possible, or if the tumor cannot be removed, radiotherapy may be considered.
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