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The treatment varies depending on the location of the meningioma and the symptoms caused by the tumor. Careful observation is sometimes the best course of action for people with a meningioma. When treatment is necessary, surgery and radiation are the most common forms of treatment. Radiation may be used if the meningioma cannot be operated on or if the meningioma is only partially removed by surgery. Radiation may also be used in cases of malignant, atypical, or recurrent tumors. Other treatments that have been tried or are being explored include hydroxyurea, epidermal growth factor receptor inhibitors, platelet-derived growth factor receptor inhibitors, vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitors, immunotherapy to stimulate the immune system, and somatostatin analogs which prevent the release of growth hormones.
Last updated: 10/23/2015
- Facts about Meningiomas. Brigham and Women's Hospital. Feb 27, 2015; http://www.brighamandwomens.org/Departments_and_Services/neurosurgery/meningioma/meningiomafacts.aspx. Accessed 10/23/2015.
- Meningioma Brochure. American Brain Tumor Association. 2012; http://www.abta.org/secure/meningioma-brochure.pdf. Accessed 10/23/2015.
- Meningioma. American Brain Tumor Association. http://www.abta.org/brain-tumor-information/types-of-tumors/meningioma.html. Accessed 10/23/2015.
- 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 Meningioma. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.