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Treatment options for brain tumors depend primarily on its size, type of
tumor and location in the brain as well as the overall health of the patient.
Brain tumors are usually treated with surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy
or any combination thereof. Our expert team of specialists work together
to diagnose and treat patients with brain tumors. Because the SCCNS'
surgeons are principal investigators in the latest clinical research studies
involving minimally invasive surgical procedures and devices, we use the
most minimally invasive treatment possible to remove and treat brain tumors.
Surgery is the usual treatment for most brain tumors. A craniotomy is a
common surgical procedure where the surgeon creates an opening in the
skull to ensure that they have a clear pathway to the tumor. SCCNS uses
the most highly sophisticated surgical navigation systems to accurately
and safely remove brain tumors. Surgery in conjunction with radiation
and/or chemotherapy may be necessary to treat remaining tumor tissue that
could not be removed during surgery.
Depending on the location and size of the tumor, our surgeons may opt for
an endoscopic endonasal approach. This innovative, through the nose technique
has been perfected and refined by our experts at SCCNS. Specially designed
instruments are used which eliminate the need for incisions. This approach
provides a minimally invasive approach in accessing the anterior, middle
and posterior cranial base. This allows for less discomfort and a shorter
recovery time for our patients.
Because of the technological advances in the treatment of brain surgery,
some patients with brain tumors may be candidates for Gamma Knife Radiosurgery.
This revolutionary method of conducting noninvasive brain surgery is used
by our experts at SCCNS on patients if it is determined that this treatment
will be more effective than usual brain surgery. SCCNS is proud to offer
this treatment at Southern California Regional Gamma Center at San Antonio
Community Hospital in Upland, CA, the only center in the Inland Empire
to offer this treatment.