The treatment options for low-grade glioma vary by patient but typically it includes surgery, often in combination with radiation therapy or chemotherapy. The majority of patients with low-grade gliomas respond well to treatment.
Choosing a Low-Grade Glioma Specialist in Florida
The multispecialty team in Moffitt Cancer Center’s Neuro-Oncology Program specializes in the treatment of low-grade glioma and other brain cancers. Our highly-trained specialists meet weekly as a tumor board to review each patient’s case to collaboratively develop individualized treatment plans.
Low-Grade Glioma Treatments
Surgery is the common primary treatment for low-grade glioma. For some patients, surgery is the only treatment needed. For others, radiation therapy or chemotherapy may also be recommended. Types of surgery include:
- Awake craniotomy – a patient remains awake during this procedure. By remaining conscious, a patient can help a surgeon avoid essential gray matter surrounding a tumor by responding to questions and performing some simple tasks, such as moving fingers. An awake procedure leads to easier recovery, with about 75 percent of patients able to go home 24 hours or less after surgery.
- Resection – surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible while minimizing damage to the normal brain
Moffitt spearheads one of the largest cancer clinical trial programs in the country. Our robust clinical trials program offers promising new cancer treatments to patients with low-grade glioma and other brain cancers.
As a pioneer in cancer research, Moffitt is proud to be the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida.
Why Low-Grade Glioma Patients Choose Moffitt for Treatment
At Moffitt, we offer comprehensive support to our low-grade glioma patients, their caregivers and family. We are committed not only to a patient’s overall outcome but also their quality of life.
Patient And Family-Centered Care
A core concept at Moffitt is Patient and Family-Centered Care. It is founded on the understanding that the family plays a vital role in ensuring the health and well-being of patients. By working together, we can achieve the highest level of care.
Programs and Support Services
We are committed to your well-being by treating not only your physical needs but also spiritual or emotional needs. We offer a full range of support services to patients and their caregivers including:
- Counseling and support
- Chaplaincy and spiritual care
- Support groups
- Advance care planning
Traveling for Treatment
Patients traveling from throughout Florida can take advantage of our partnership with nearby hotels that provide discounted rates, and in some cases, shuttle service to and from Moffitt.
To learn more about low-grade glioma treatment options, please call Moffitt Cancer Center at 1-888-663-3488 or complete our new patient registration form. We provide rapid access to a cancer expert within a day.