Managing brain tumors are a team effort. Our internationally-recognized brain tumor specialists work side-by-side with experienced neuro-oncologists and radiation oncologists to individualize patient care. Read on below to learn more about our experience with and approach to ependymoma treatment.
-Dr. Nader Sanai, Barrow Neurosurgeon and Director of Neurosurgical Oncology
Ependymomas are low-grade tumors that arise within fluid-filled spaces of the brain (i.e., ventricles). Ependymomas can obstruct the normal flow of spinal fluid, as well as induce symptoms through mass effect (in essence, the tumor growth displaces surrounding tissue). In some cases, ependymomas can become aggressive.
As the highest-volume operative brain tumor treatment center in the United States, Barrow Brain and Spine operates on more adult ependymoma patients than anywhere else. Proud partners of the Barrow Neurological Institute, our neurosurgeons are well-versed in diagnosing and treating some of the most complex tumors and neurological conditions in the world.
For many patients, surgical removal can provide a long-term ependymoma treatment solution. In more complex cases, a combination of surgery and non- and minimally-invasive targeted radiation therapy using ZAP-X, CyberKnife, or Gamma Knife technologies is necessary to treat ependymomas.
Request an appointment with Barrow Brain & Spine to receive the care and treatment you deserve. We have locations throughout Arizona, including in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, Ahwatukee, and Deer Valley. After reviewing your case, our renowned neurosurgeons will determine the best treatment plan for your tumor. Your treatment plan may include surgery, minimally invasive surgery, or targeted radiosurgery using our Zap-X gyroscopic radiosurgery technology or CyberKnife or Gamma Knife. We look forward to meeting you and helping you on the journey towards good health.
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