Any form of a brain tumor can be scary. A meningioma is no different. While it isn’t cancerous it is the most common form of non-cancerous brain tumors.
Meningiomas grow slowly in the layers of tissue covering the brain and spinal cord, according to the National Brain Tumor Society. They can cause disabilities and even be life threatening.
- Meningiomas can occur at any age, but they are common among women and men in their 40s and 50s.
- They are twice as common among women as in men.
- They make up 34% of all primary brain tumors.
- Women with this type of tumor can experience growth during pregnancy.
- In rare cases it can metastasize to the lungs or the skin. And it can invade the skull.
Symptoms can include seizures, headaches, vision changes, vomiting, nausea, or cognitive changes. There can also be no symptoms. Sometimes they are detected incidentally or almost by accident.
As with other tumors, treatment of meningiomas often depend on the size of the tumor, its location and its growth rate as well as the patient’s general health, according to Stanford Health Care.
Options May Include:
- Waiting and watching.
- Surgery – the most common treatment. It can be done through a small opening in the skull or through the nose.
- Radiation therapy, like CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery to target and destroy the tumor cells.
- A combination of surgery and radiation.
CyberKnife for Meningiomas
CyberKnife uses targeted radiation to destroy the tumor cells while leaving healthy tissue unharmed.
The success rate for treating meningiomas of the brain or spine is high with CyberKnife. About 95% stop growing after one treatment or a small series of treatments, according to the Meningioma experts at CyberKnife Miami.
Here are the advantages of CyberKnife:
- It’s non-invasive and doesn’t have the risks of surgery like infection.
- Treatment may only require one to five CyberKnife sessions.
- Meningioma patients with symptoms like headaches, vision problems or seizures most often see improvements after treatment with CyberKnife.
According to a 2020 study published in Nature, a single session of stereotactic radiosurgery is a safe and effective treatment for meningioma.
“CyberKnife is the most refined way to target a tumor and minimize the dose to normal tissue,” says Dr. Mark Pomper, board-certified radiation oncologist and medical director at CyberKnife Miami on CyberKnife’s YouTube Channel.
CyberKnife Miami for Tumor Treatment
As the premier cancer treatment center in South Florida, the CyberKnife Center of Miami is committed to providing patients with the best care, the best treatment, and the best access to information. We know navigating care and treatment for a meningioma or for cancer can be overwhelming and confusing.
We make the whole process as simple, easy and as stress free as possible.
We put patients first and make sure we hold your hand every step of the way, and we’re there for your loved one’s too. This type of treatment can be very scary, and we want to take the fear out of it for you, if at all possible.
CyberKnife can also be used to treat cancers of the prostate, lungs, breast, kidneys, pancreas, head and neck, lymph nodes and brain as well as other metastatic cancers and medical conditions like Trigeminal Neuralgia where radiation may be needed.
The experts at CyberKnife Miami have successfully treated thousands of patients with excellent results. We are the most experienced CyberKnife team in South Florida. It’s all we do every day, all day.
If you would like to find out more about treatment with CyberKnife, call us at
305-279-2900 or go to our website for more information www.cyberknifemiami.com.