A glioma is a type of tumor that begins from inside the brain itself. These tumors can be either benign (not cancer) or malignant (cancerous). They are graded from 1-4, with grade 4 tumors (glioblastoma) being the most aggressive, and unfortunately the most common.
We can sometimes have an idea of whether a tumor is benign or malignant based on the MRI. Tumors that look benign might be followed with further MRIs over time. Tumors that look malignant are usually treated with surgery shortly after they are discovered.
The type and grade of tumor can only be determined after a portion of it is examined under a microscope by a pathologist. This can be performed by using a needle to take a small piece of the tumor, called a biopsy, or after the tumor has been removed through a standard surgery.
Once the specific type and grade of tumor has been determined, many of these lesions will require further treatment, such as chemotherapy or radiation.
Surgery for a glioma requires removing the tumor from inside the brain itself. It requires a skilled surgeon who can safely remove the tumor without affecting the normal surrounding brain.
I am known for his skill in surgically treating gliomas. In addition, I am part of the Sarah Cannon Research Institute, a nationwide organization conducting innovative cancer trials, bringing patients access to the latest treatments. Below are some of the tumors which I have successfully treated.