Other Names for this Disease
- Rathke's pouch tumor
- Craniopharyngeal duct tumor
- Adamantinomatous tumor
- Dysodontogenic epithelial tumor
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Traditionally, surgery has been the main treatment for craniopharyngioma. However, radiation treatment instead of surgery may be the best choice for some patients. In tumors that cannot be removed completely with surgery alone, radiation therapy is usually necessary. If the tumor has a classic appearance on CT scan, then even a biopsy may not be necessary, if treatment with radiation alone is planned. This tumor is best treated at a center with experience managing craniopharyngiomas.
Last updated: 4/3/2009
- Blackman S. Craniopharyngioma. MedlinePlus. 2004; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000345.htm. Accessed 4/3/2009.
- Finding Treatment Information - A video developed by GARD Information Specialists that explains how you can find information about treatment for a rare disease.
- ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Craniopharyngioma. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.