At UPMC, we use various surgical and non-surgical methods to treat glioma cancer. Our neurosurgical team may use these approaches together or individually.
Our neurosurgeons take a comprehensive approach to your condition. We will look at your brain from every direction to find the path to the glioma that is least disruptive to your brain, critical nerves, and ability to return to functioning.
Minimally invasive surgery for gliomas
Neuroendoport® surgery offers a minimally invasive option for tumors within the ventricles (fluid spaces) or deep-seated tumors within the substance of the brain. A narrow tube or port allows surgeons to access these tumors through a tiny incision in the scalp, in contrast to traditional brain surgery.
Stereotactic radiosurgery using the Gamma Knife®
If you have residual glioma tumor or tumor recurrence, despite an initial multipronged treatment approach, Gamma Knife® radiosurgery may be an option.
Gamma Knife radiosurgery is a painless procedure that uses hundreds of highly focused radiation beams to target tumors and lesions within the brain, with no surgical incision.
As the nation's leading provider of Gamma Knife procedures, UPMC has treated more than 12,000 patients with tumors, vascular malformations, pain, and other functional problems.
We also offer stereotactic radiosurgery using the Cyberknife and other linear accelerator-based systems.
Radiation — either alone or in combination with surgery and/or chemotherapy — is a common treatment for gliomas.
We may deliver radiation therapy:
- Externally, by directing radiation at the glioma from an outside source.
- Internally, by placing radioactive material directly in the body near the cancer.
Chemotherapy for gliomas
Chemotherapy uses drugs to stop the growth of glioma cancer cells.
Depending on the type of glioma and stage of the cancer, chemotherapy may be given orally, injected, or placed directly into the glioma tumor site.