Treatment at Mayo Clinic

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Appointments

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At Mayo Clinic, you'll have access to a wide range of treatments. Your medical team collaborates to design a treatment plan that delivers exactly the care you need.

Surgery

Skilled neurosurgeons work to remove the entire glioma or as much of the tumor as possible. At Mayo Clinic, neurosurgeons have extensive experience performing a wide range of tumor-removing operations.

In some cases, neuropathologists may analyze tissue samples removed by a surgeon and report the results while surgery is underway. This information helps the surgeon decide how much tissue to remove while preserving as much surrounding healthy brain tissue as possible.

Mayo Clinic offers the latest surgical technologies and techniques, including:

Radiation therapy

Radiation oncologists use high-energy beams of radiation to treat brain tumors, including gliomas. At Mayo Clinic, radiation oncologists are highly trained and experienced in designing radiation therapy plans to focus treatment on the tumor, while minimizing radiation exposure to healthy tissue.

Mayo Clinic radiation oncologists have access to the latest technologies and treatment techniques including:

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is a drug treatment that uses chemicals to kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy drugs may be administered in pill form or as an injection into a vein. Sometimes both methods are used.

Chemotherapy can be used alone or it can be combined with radiation therapy to treat gliomas.

Targeted therapy

Targeted therapy uses drugs that are designed to attack the specific vulnerabilities present in your tumor cells.

Mayo Clinic pathologists use advanced laboratory tests to understand what types of treatments may be most effective for your glioma.

Clinical trials

Clinical trials test new medications to understand if they're more effective than standard treatments. Mayo Clinic designs and participates in many clinical trials specifically for people with brain tumors and gliomas.

Supportive therapy

Your care team includes professionals who can help you cope with the signs and symptoms of your glioma and to recover from treatment. What supportive services you require will depend on your particular situation, but could include:

  • Occupational therapy
  • Pain management
  • Physical therapy
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Speech therapy
Jul. 19, 2014

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