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Brain Stem Glioma Treatment Choices

The doctor is the best person to describe the brain stem glioma treatment choices and discuss the expected results. The doctor and patient can work together to develop a brain stem glioma treatment plan that fits the patient's needs.
Depending on the type and extent of brain stem glioma, patients may have:
Cerebrospinal fluid diversion is a method used to drain fluid that has built up around the brain and spinal cord. A shunt (long, thin tube) is placed in a ventricle (hollow space) of the brain and threaded under the skin to another part of the body, usually the abdomen. The shunt carries excess fluid away from the brain so it may be absorbed elsewhere in the body.
In addition, patients may also have brain stem glioma treatment:
  • To control pain and other symptoms of the cancer
  • To relieve the side effects of therapy
  • To ease emotional problems.
This kind of treatment is called symptom management, supportive care, or palliative care.
(Click Brain Stem Glioma Treatment by Type for more information about brain stem glioma treatment options.)

Brain Stem Glioma Treatment: Clinical Trials

Before starting brain stem glioma treatment, patients may want to consider taking part in a clinical trial. A treatment clinical trial is a research study that is meant to help improve current treatments or obtain information on new treatments for patients with brain stem glioma. When clinical trials show that a new brain stem glioma treatment is better than the standard treatment, the new brain stem glioma treatment may become the standard treatment.
(Click Brain Cancer Treatment for more information about treating brain stem glioma.)
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