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Treatment for solitary fibrous tumors may include:

  • Surgery. Surgeons work to remove the tumor and a small margin of healthy tissue that surrounds it. In most cases, surgery is the only treatment necessary.

    The type of operation used to remove a solitary fibrous tumor depends on where the tumor occurs.

  • Radiation therapy. Radiation therapy can be used to treat a solitary fibrous tumor that can't be removed with surgery. Sometimes radiation therapy is used to shrink a tumor so that it's more likely to be removed completely during surgery.

    Radiation therapy can also be used during surgery. Once a tumor is removed with surgery, intraoperative radiation therapy is directed to the area around the tumor. This may reduce the risk that the tumor will recur.

  • Chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is sometimes used to treat a solitary fibrous tumor that has spread to other areas of the body.
Feb. 07, 2014