ZocdocAnswersWhat's the risk of surgery for meningioma frontal lobe brain tumor near major blood vessel?

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What's the risk of surgery for meningioma frontal lobe brain tumor near major blood vessel?

Where is it located specifically? Risks involved

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This is an important question to discuss with your neuro-oncologist or neurosurgeon. Meningeomas are the most common type of brain tumor and account for about a third of all brain tumors. Meningiomas are a type of brain tumor that actually arise from one of the membranous coverings of the brain (generally termed meninges) called the dura matter. Technically speaking, meningeomas are benign tumors, but when dealing with the brain, even benign tumors are a serious matter. This is because there is limited space in the skull and as benign tumors grow they begin to put pressure on the brain, causing neurologic problems. Meningeomas can occur anywhere along the coverings of the brain, but are always located between the brain and the skull. Often the general location of the tumor is described by what part of the brain it is pressing against. For example, a tumor described as a frontal lobe meningioma would be a tumor situated between the skull and the brain, on either the left or right side of the brain, near the front of the head (in the neighborhood of the forehead or just above the hairline). Small meningiomas that are not causing any symptoms sometimes do not have to be removed and can be watched by a neurologist who will perform regular imaging studies. Many meningiomas require surgical removal because they are large, in a bad location, and/or causing disabling symptoms. The process of surgically removing a meningioma, as well as the risks associated with the procedure, are enormously complex and specific to each patient. Only a team of physicians, consisting of at least a neurologist and a neurosurgeon (both of whom specialize in tumors), who have access to all your records and imaging studies can tell you exactly what needs to be done in your case and make an accurate assessment of the risks involved. Weighing the risks and benefits of brain surgery is not something to be taken lightly and should not be done alone. Make an appointment with your neuro-oncologist and/or neurosurgeon, bring a family member or trusted friend, and discuss the risks and benefits of surgery in your case as soon as possible.

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