Nearly 80 percent of all cancerous brain tumors are gliomas, although not all gliomas are cancerous. Our specialists work together to determine the best approach to your care, taking into account your tumor’s location, cell type, grade of malignancy (the rate at which your tumor grows and spreads) and your personal health and circumstances.

Learn more about our comprehensive, advanced treatments:

  • Microsurgery
  • Endoscopy
  • Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
  • Radiation treatment: Includes the safest, most effective radiation therapies available today, including IORT, IMRT and 3-D CRT. Radiation may be used as a standalone therapy or in conjunction with surgery.

Microsurgery

Microsurgery is major surgery to remove as much of your tumor as possible. It requires the use of an operating microscope, along with specialized tools and techniques. At MedStar Washington Hospital Center, our neurosurgeons also utilize neurophysiological monitoring during operations, which tracks the electrical activity within your brain to make sure brain function and response aren’t compromised during your procedure.

Endoscopy

Physicians are now able to use endoscopic techniques to remove brain tumors. If your glioma occurs in the brain’s ventricles (areas that store brain fluid), neuroendoscopy may be the right treatment option for you. In neuroendoscopy, your specialist accesses and removes your tumor by inserting an endoscope (a thin, lighted tube) into your ventricles. Neuroendoscopy does not require any incisions, which means less pain, less scarring and a faster recovery compared to traditional surgery.

At MedStar Washington Hospital Center, we have ear, nose and throat surgeons and neurosurgeons that specialize in endoscopic techniques. These surgeons work side by side during procedures using state-of-the-art tools, like neuronavigation, to ensure exceptional outcomes for our patients.