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There are many new brain tumor treatments out there, both procedures and medications. How do we weigh the pros/cons of these treatment options (gamma knife/ cyber knife radiation, etc.) when the long term side effects are unknown? I still want to preserve my body the best that I can and want to minimize the long-term side effects.

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It is difficult to quantitatively weight pros/cons when there are some unknowns that exist. One way to approach it is to understand the natural history of the brain tumor. If the most likely scenario is a tumor that will NOT grow, or cause symptoms, then treatment may not be necessary at all. If the tumor is likely to grow rapidly or is malignant, then the risk of any intervention is outweighed by the potential benefit of control, granted it can be done safely and that you want to fight it.

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