How are meningiomas managed and treated?
Radiosurgery and surgery are the most common initial treatments. When surgery is used first, radiation (either radiosurgery or daily treatments) is reserved for recurrent tumors or some tumors that cannot be completely removed by surgery Anaplastic/malignant tumors will be treated with radiation therapy. In some cases, the best management is simply close observation. Chemotherapy is only rarely used, and is usually for malignant or atypical types of meningiomas or grade 1 meningioma when they have failed prior surgery and or radiation. Corticosteroids and/or antiepileptic medications may be used pre- and post-operatively.
When should someone with a meningioma contact their healthcare provider?
A patient who notices new and different symptoms should report the changes to his or her provider immediately.