Pineal Tumor

Managing and treating brain tumors is a team effort. Our globally-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 the advanced treatment options we employ to treat pineal tumors.

What is a pineal tumor?

These tumors arise within or near the pineal gland, a small organ at the center of the brain. On it’s own, this organ is relatively insignificant, but because it resides very close to other critical structures that can be compressed by the pineal tumor mass, it’s treated with great care.

How experienced is the Barrow team in treating pineal tumors?

Pineal region tumors are relatively infrequent and, thus, few neurosurgical centers have extensive experience with surgical treatment. At Barrow Brain & Spine, we operate on over 150 pineal region tumor patients per year, making us one of the most experienced centers for this condition in the United States.

What are the most common types of treatments for pineal 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 decide on the best course of tumor removal, as this allows us to fully assess the situation and do what’s right and most appropriate for the patient.

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