The diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors is a team effort. The internationally-recognized brain tumor treatment specialists at Barrow Brain & Spine work side-by-side with experienced neuro-oncologists and radiation oncologists to individualize patient care, ensuring that your treatment plan is specifically tailored to your unique diagnosis and medical history. Continue reading below to learn more about pineal tumors and our treatment approach.
-Dr. Nader Sanai, Barrow Neurosurgeon and Director of Neurosurgical Oncology
Pineal tumors are brain tumors that arise within or near the pineal gland, a small organ at the center of the brain. On its own, the pineal gland is relatively insignificant, but because it resides very close to other critical structures in the brain that can be compressed by the pineal tumor mass, it’s important that pineal tumors be treated with great care.
Pineal region tumors are relatively infrequent, thus meaning that very few neurosurgical centers have extensive experience with the surgical treatment of pineal tumors. At Barrow Brain & Spine, our globally-renowned neurosurgeons operate on over 150 pineal region tumor patients per year, making us one of the most experienced centers for pineal tumor treatment in the United States.
To treat pineal brain tumors, we first work toward removing the spinal fluid buildup that can occur in the brain (also known as hydrocephalus), as associated with this tumor type. Once we’ve addressed this immediate concern, we can more easily assess the pineal tumor and develop an individualized treatment plan that is most appropriate for the patient.
If you have been diagnosed with a pineal tumor or other brain tumor and are seeking treatment, please contact us to schedule your consultation. For your convenience, Barrow Brain & Spine has several locations throughout Arizona, including in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, Ahwatukee, and Deer Valley. We look forward to helping you develop an effective treatment plan for your neurological condition.
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