Managing and treating brain tumors is a complex effort. Our internationally-recognized brain tumor specialists work side-by-side with experienced neuro-oncologists and radiation oncologists to individualize patient care. Continue reading below to learn about how we treat brain tumor conditions including gliomas, glioblastomas, and astrocytomas.
-Dr. Nader Sanai, Barrow Neurosurgeon and Director of Neurosurgical Oncology
Gliomas are a broad category of brain tumors that arise from glial cells in the brain tissue. Astrocytomas are a common subtype of gliomas. Glioblastomas (GBM) are the most common (and aggressive) subtype of astrocytomas. Glioblastomas are fast-growing and contain their own supply of thin blood vessels, which makes them some of the most complicated brain tumors to treat.
Barrow Brain & Spine is the busiest operative brain tumor program in the United States, and our neurosurgeons operate on over 600 patients with gliomas, glioblastomas, or astrocytomas every year.
Typically, these types of brain tumors are first treated with maximal surgical removal, followed by a combination of chemotherapy and non-invasive radiosurgery including ZAP-X, CyberKnife, and Gamma Knife or other targeted radiation therapy technologies. Because each patient is different, our approach to brain tumor treatment is always tailored to the individual and often includes comprehensive genetic testing.
Barrow Brain & Spine has multiple locations located throughout Arizona, including centers in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, Ahwatukee, and Deer Valley. If you have been diagnosed with a brain tumor and are looking for effective treatment, please contact us as soon as possible to schedule your first consultation. From there, our doctors will discuss the best treatment plan for you, which may involve surgery, minimally invasive surgery, targeted radiosurgery or chemotherapy, or a combination of those treatment options.
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