Meningioma Research Paper

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A brain tumor, “is an abnormal, excessive growth of tissue in the brain...Primary brain tumors are classified as either benign or malignant” (“Brain Tumor”). There are over 130 different types of tumors and each one is classified by the type of cell that they develop from. One specific type of tumor is a meningioma. The specific origins of this type of tumor are unspecified, but have been associated with radiation or some type of genetic alteration. The meningioma, has distinctive methods of diagnosis, manifestations with a variety of symptoms, diverse treatment options and prognosis is based on a multitude of factors. A meningioma is a tumor that forms on membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord just inside the skull. Specifically,…show more content…
Brain tumor diagnosis is often incidental to other areas of the brain. Predictions on the growth rate of this specific type of tumor differs and there is no precise method to convey how long the tumor was developing before diagnosis. Most meningiomas do not spread to other parts of the brain. This classification of brain tumor is usually found at one particular site however an individual may have several tumors in varying parts of the brain tumor and spinal cord. Consequently, when meningiomas are identified multiple treatments may have to…show more content…
“It is not common practice to be suspicious about a brain tumor in any patient with psychiatric symptoms; however it must be noted that one-fifth of meningiomas occurring in the fifth decade of life may be manifested only with psychiatric
Symptoms” (Ceylan). These signs and symptoms are depending where in the brain, or rarely, spine tumor is situated. Treatment varies depending tumor location, severity, malignancy. The most successful treatment for meningiomas is surgery. Craniotomy is the most common type of operation to eliminate a meningioma. A neurosurgeon will access and eradicate the tumor, or as much of the tumor as possible without menace of severe damage to the brain. In some cases radiation therapy may possibly be used post-surgery to emit remaining tumor in precise areas of the brain. There are two different types are radiation therapy used to treat meningioma, external beam radiation and stereotactic radiosurgery. When all previous treatments are unsuccessful immunotherapy or chemotherapy could be considered for malignant tumors, and immunotherapy may be measured for benign

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