Treatment for brain cancer
There are many treatment options for brain cancer. The exact type or combination or types is dependent upon the cancer itself. Because each case of brain cancer is unique, the doctor will tailor a treatment plan that is specific to the exact circumstances.
Brain surgery may be necessary to remove part of the tumor. In some cases, removal of the entire tumor may be possible. In many cases, even removal of part of the tumor can dramatically reduce signs and symptoms. Brain surgery is possible when the tumor is located in a place where it is accessible by surgery. If it is not, other treatment options can be pursued by the highly skilled brain cancer doctors at our Los Angeles facility.
Radiation therapy can be used in the treatment of brain tumors. It may be done on an external basis, from a machine that directs high-focus beams of energy at the tumor, or it may be done internally, in which case a radiation-emitting device is placed very close to the tumor.
Radiosurgery is a very precise method of brain cancer treatment using multiple beams of radiation to focus on a specific location in the brain. Each beam is not particularly powerful, but when the multiple beams converge, the point of convergence is subjected to a large dose of radiation.
Chemotherapy may be an effective option for brain cancer treatment depending upon the case. This procedure uses drugs to kill cancerous cells in the brain. These drugs are typically administered intravenously, but in some cases they may be taken orally. In the case of brain cancer, there is another type of chemotherapy. The doctor may place a disk-shaped device in the brain where the tumor once sat. This device slowly releases a chemotherapy drug in the following days to ensure the cancer is fully eliminated.
Targeted drug therapy uses drugs to target specific abnormalities in cancerous cells. These drugs are “trained” to seek out these abnormalities and eliminate them.