Surgery is the most common treatment for meningioma. In many instances, it is possible to safely remove an entire tumor, as meningiomas are slow to spread and rarely invade surrounding tissues. After a complete resection, a patient may not require any further treatment, or may opt for follow-up radiation therapy for added peace of mind.
Sometimes, a tumor is located too close to a nerve or the spinal cord to allow for a complete removal. When this is the case, a surgeon typically removes as much of the tumor as is safely possible, then works with the other members of a patient’s treatment team to select additional treatments designed to destroy any abnormal cells that remain.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, our multispecialty approach to treatment is one of the reasons our brain cancer outcomes routinely surpass the national averages – even for complex, hard-to-treat neurological tumors. And, to help reduce the impact that meningioma surgery has on each patient’s life, we offer a variety of advanced procedures, including:
- Minimally invasive (endoscopic) surgery
- Robot-assisted surgery
Patients who undergo meningioma surgery at Moffitt through the Neuro-Oncology Program can trust that they are in highly competent hands. Our team has extensive experience in addressing the various challenges associated with operating on the brain and spinal cord, and is often able to remove tumors without impacting nerves, gray matter and other crucial structures.