Learn more about meningiomas.
Learn about gamma knife treatment for meningiomas at Rocky Mountain Gamma Knife Center.
Learn about other treatment options for meningiomas.
Meningiomas are tumors that form on membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord just inside the skull.
Meningiomas target specific areas of the brain: parasagittal, cerebellar, foramen magnum, clivus, suprasellar, olfactory groove (see infographic above).
if your tumor is slow growing and does not affect your health, your doctor may choose to observe your tumor at scheduled intervals rather than treat it immediately. Your doctor will monitor the tumor's growth with MRI scans.
Traditional surgery is used to remove tumors that are causing symptoms. In certain cases, not all of the tumor will be removed if it risks damage to critical structures. Minimally invasive surgery may be an option.
Precisely targeted beams of radiation aimed at the tumor create a reaction that decreases the blood supply to the tumor. Without a blood supply, the tumor starves and will disappear over time. Gamma Knife may be used in place of surgery when the tumor involves critical structures, such as the optical area or sinuses, or may be used as follow-up to surgery.
Benefits of Gamma Knife:
Learn more about the benefits of Gamma Knife treatment by watching a video by one of our expert neurosurgeons (see right side of page).
Are You a Candidate for Gamma Knife Treatment?
If you answered yes to these questions, you are most likely a candidate for Gamma Knife treatment. Every patient is different, so talk with your physician about your situation.
If your physician has recommended active surveillance because you are not experiencing symptoms, you may want to consider Gamma Knife because:
If your physician has recommended surgery and your tumor meets certain criteria, you may want to consider Gamma Knife. Gamma Knife treatments offers these benefits over surgery:
If you would like to learn more about Gamma Knife treatment and whether you could be a candidate, schedule a free consultation with one of our Gamma Knife nurses by submitting the form on the right side of this page.
Fill out this form to request a phone consultation with one of our nurse specialists to discuss your situation and whether you are a candidate for treatment.