Treatment for craniopharyngioma
Craniopharyngioma tumours are most often diagnosed in children, teenagers and young adults. As with most brain tumours, the main treatment is surgery to remove as much of the tumour as possible if it is solid. Some tumours are filled with fluid (cystic) and these cannot usually be completely removed.
The surgeon may
- Remove most of the tumour (this is known as a subtotal resection)
- Insert a tube to remove fluid from a cystic tumour
- Create a tunnel from the tumour into one of the natural fluid filled spaces in the brain.
You will also probably have radiotherapy after surgery. In some cases (for example if the tumour is small), your specialist may suggest radiosurgery.
If your tumour comes back, you are likely to have radiotherapy, if you haven't already had it. Radiotherapy can slow down the growth of the tumour and keep it under control for a while.
Your doctor will need to see you for some years after your treatment. This is to make sure that you are well and that there is no sign of the tumour coming back.
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