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Meningioma is a tumour that forms on the membranes of the brain and the spinal cord just inside the skull. In most cases, the tumour will not present any symptoms and may not even require any treatment. However, there can be cases of the tumour that spreads to other body parts and this can be fatal.
HOW IS MENINGIOMA DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis is made by a contrast enhanced CT (computerized tomography) and/or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan. While MRIs are in some ways superior, the CT can be helpful in determining if the tumor invades the bone, or if it’s becoming hard like bone. A biopsy may sometimes be performed. A surgeon removes part or all of the tumor to determine whether it is benign or malignant.
HOW IS MENINGIOMA TREATED?
Surgery and radiation are the most common forms of treatment for meningioma. Surgery is the primary treatment for meningiomas, although some tumors may not be removed this way. Radiation therapy may be used to tumors that cannot be removed with surgery, tumors that are not completely removed in surgery, malignant/anaplastic tumors, or recurrent tumors.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Meningioma tumour progresses very slowly with over 90% of the cases being benign. Also, this type of tumour occurs more commonly in women than in men.