Whenever possible, the tumor is removed surgically. Various methods may be used to treat oligodendrogliomas. These treatments may be used together or individually.
Neuroendoport® surgery offers a minimally invasive treatment option for deep-seated tumors within the substance of the brain or within the ventricles (fluid spaces). A narrow tube or port allows doctors to access tumors through a tiny incision in the scalp, in contrast to traditional brain surgery.
At UPMC, we take a 360° approach to removing brain tumors like oligodendrogliomas. When we evaluate you, we look at your condition from every direction to find the path that is least disruptive to your critical nerves, brain, and your ability to return to normal functioning.
Radiation is commonly used to treat brain tumors, either alone or in combination with surgery and/or chemotherapy.
Radiation therapy may be delivered:
- Externally by directing radiation at the tumor from an outside source
- Internally by placing radioactive material directly in the body near the cancer
- Using stereotactic radiosurgery to deliver a concentrated dose of radiation directly to the brain tumor.
Chemotherapy uses drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells.
Depending on the type and stage of the cancer, chemotherapy may be taken by mouth, injected, or placed directly into the site of the tumor.