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Meningiomas 

Meningiomas
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Meningiomas
Author(s):

Rakesih Jalali

, Patrick Y. Wen

, and Takamitsu Fujimaki

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199651870.003.0011
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date: 30 May 2020

Meningiomas are the most common type of primary brain tumour, comprising approximately one-third of all intracranial neoplasms. It is therefore important for all neuro-oncologists to understand the biology and optimal managements of these tumours. The majority of meningiomas are World Health Organization grade I benign tumours, but grade II (atypical) or grade III (anaplastic) tumours are not uncommon. Total surgical removal is the standard of care but may not be feasible if the tumour involves critical structures such as cranial nerves or important blood vessels. Conventional radiation therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, or particle irradiation is used for residual or recurrent tumours. To date, medical treatments have had a limited role, except for controlling seizures. However, there are ongoing clinical trials with molecularly targeted drugs and immunotherapies based on improved understanding of the molecular pathogenesis of these tumours. In this chapter, the clinical presentation, biology, and therapy for these tumours are discussed.

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