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Brain Tumor

California Neurosurgical Institute -  - Neurosurgery

California Neurosurgical Institute

Neurosurgery located in Valencia, CA, Encino, San Fernando Valley, CA & Bakersfield, CA

More than 700,000 people in the United States are living with a brain tumor, which includes both cancerous and noncancerous tumors. Treatment for both types of brain tumors often includes surgery. At California Neurosurgical Institute, with offices in Bakersfield, Encino, and Valencia, California, the skilled board-certified neurosurgical team utilizes the most cutting-edge surgical techniques for removal of brain tumors that provide better outcomes and less risk than other treatments. To learn more about the advanced surgical techniques, call your nearest office or use the online booking button to schedule an appointment.

Brain Tumor Q & A

What is a brain tumor?

A brain tumor refers to a mass of abnormal cells in the brain. Brain tumors can be benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous). 

Whether your brain tumor is benign or malignant depends on the type of cells found in the mass. The more abnormal the cells, the more likely the tumor is malignant. Most brain tumors are benign.

What are the types of brain tumors?

Brain tumors are classified based on the types of cells found in the tumor. These types include:

  • Gliomas
  • Meningiomas
  • Pituitary adenomas
  • Medulloblastomas
  • Craniopharyngiomas
  • Germ cell tumors

These types of brain tumors are primary brain tumors, which means they originated in the brain or spine. 

Researchers aren’t sure what causes someone to develop a brain tumor, but exposure to radiation or a family history of brain tumors may place you at risk of developing the mass of abnormal cells.

What are the surgical treatments for a brain tumor?

Surgery is the primary treatment for a brain tumor. The experienced team at California Neurosurgical Institute performs many types of brain tumor surgeries, including:

Microsurgical resection of benign brain tumors

During a microsurgical resection of a benign brain tumor, your surgeon utilizes a binocular microscope and an operating room computer that directs them to the precise location of your tumor. 

This advanced procedure allows your surgeon to remove your benign tumor with improved safety and reduced effects on the surrounding structures. 

Microsurgical resection of malignant brain tumors

Microsurgical resection of a malignant tumor is similar to the microsurgical resection of a benign tumor. With this advanced surgical procedure, the team at California Neurosurgical Institute offers more effective treatment options for conditions that were previously only treated with radiation, which is often less effective than surgery. 

Resection of complex skull base tumors

Resection of complex skull base tumors is an advanced surgical procedure with special challenges. California Neurosurgical Institute member surgeons have special fellowship training and experience, as well as scholarly publications, in this area. 

Endoscopic transsphenoidal resection of pituitary tumors

Pituitary tumors are often benign, but cause excessive hormone production and/or pressure on critical brain structures. During the endoscopic transsphenoidal resection, your neurosurgeon uses fiberoptic vision and remote instruments that create very small openings and allow for removal of the tumor with greater precision and safety. 

The team at California Neurosurgical Institute provides a clear description of your treatment options so you can make an informed decision about your care.

For a brain tumor consultation, contact California Neurosurgical Institute by phone or online today. 


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