Brain Tumor treatments

Overview

If you’ve been diagnosed with a benign or malignant brain tumor, your brain tumor team will discuss the most appropriate treatment options. These may include:

Your treatment plan will depend on a variety of factors, including:

  • Type, size, and location of your tumor
  • Whether it is benign or malignant
  • Your general health and treatment preferences 

Our approach

The Brain Tumor Center at the Northwell Health Neuroscience Institute is one of the country’s leading brain tumor centers. We’re dedicated to providing you with the most advanced care from diagnosis and treatment to follow-up.

  • Comprehensive diagnosis — Through the expertise of our neuropathology team, we use the most advanced techniques for diagnosis and prognosis of your tumor to determine the best course of treatment. This may include:
    • Traditional MRI and MRI spectroscopy. We also use functional MRI (fMRI) and diffusion tensor imaging to identify areas of the brain that control important functions, such as language and speech, and to help plan surgery.
    • Stereotactic biopsy, which is a minimally invasive, image-guided procedure, may also be used to help identify the specific type of brain tumor you have. The incision made from a stereotactic biopsy is much smaller than the incision made from a surgical biopsy.
  • Multimodality treatments — Because there are many kinds of brain tumors, there are different ways to treat them. Each patient receives the best treatment plan for his or her specific condition.
  • Rehabilitation — After your treatment, you will receive a full evaluation to see whether, and what kind, of physical therapy, you’ll need to help recover.
  • Clinical expertise – Through the Tissue Donation Program (TDP) at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, we are collecting both malignant and benign tumor samples for research purposes. By supporting research initiatives, the Brain Tumor Bank may improve diagnostics and therapy for people with brain tumors.

Risks and side effects

Your brain tumor treatment risks will vary depending on the type of treatment, the size, and type of your tumor and your general health. Your physician will discuss any potential risks and side effects ahead of your treatment. 

What to expect after treatment

Once your brain tumor treatment has been completed, you may require rehabilitation to help you regain some skills and capabilities. Your brain tumor team will recommend and coordinate the right type of therapy for your specific needs.