Nearly 80 percent of all cancerous brain tumors are gliomas, although not all gliomas are cancerous. Our specialists work together to determine the best approach to your care, taking into account your tumor’s location, cell type, grade of malignancy (the rate at which your tumor grows and spreads) and your personal health and circumstances.
Learn more about our comprehensive, advanced treatments:
- Cyberknife Radiosurgery
- Radiation treatment: Includes the safest, most effective radiation therapies available today, including IORT, IMRT and 3-D CRT. Radiation may be used as a standalone therapy or in conjunction with surgery.
Microsurgery is major surgery to remove as much of your tumor as possible. It requires the use of an operating microscope, along with specialized tools and techniques. At Medstar Georgetown, our neurosurgeons also utilize neurophysiological monitoring during operations, which tracks the electrical activity within your brain to make sure brain function and response aren’t compromised during your procedure.
Physicians are now able to use endoscopic techniques to remove brain tumors. If your glioma occurs in the brain’s ventricles (areas that store brain fluid), neuroendoscopy may be the right treatment option for you. In neuroendoscopy, your specialist accesses and removes your tumor by inserting an endoscope (a thin, lighted tube) into your ventricles. Neuroendoscopy does not require any incisions, which means less pain, less scarring and a faster recovery compared to traditional surgery.
At Medstar Georgetown, we have ear, nose and throat surgeons and neurosurgeons that specialize in endoscopic techniques. These surgeons work side by side during procedures using state-of-the-art tools, like neuronavigation, to ensure exceptional outcomes for our patients.
Cyberknife is the next generation in stereotactic radiosurgery technologies. It’s a non-invasive, painless way to destroy tumors using targeted radiation beams from more than 1,400 different angles, while avoiding surrounding healthy tissue. Cyberknife is an outpatient procedure that requires only one to five treatment sessions, as compared to the 10 to 30 sessions you have to go through with traditional forms of radiation therapy.
At Medstar Georgetown, our skilled specialists are destroying gliomas that were once considered impossible to reach with other techniques. Since becoming one of the first hospitals in the country to offer Cyberknife, we have performed some of the most complex neurosurgical Cyberknife procedures on the East Coast.
Learn more about our Cyberknife program at Medstar Georgetown.