Other Names for this Disease
Because pineocytomas are quite rare, there are no consensus guidelines on the best treatment for these tumors. However, surgery to remove the entire tumor is considered the standard treatment. Because these tumors are located deep in the brain, it is important that the risks of surgery in this part of the body be carefully considered in each individual patient. Radiation therapy has sometimes been used following surgery to destroy any cancer cells that may remain, but the benefit of this additional treatment is questionable.
Last updated: 12/20/2011
- Clark AJ, Ivan ME, Sughrue ME, Yang I, Aranda D, Han SJ, Kane AJ, Parsa AT. Tumor control after surgery and radiotherapy for pineocytoma. Journal of Neurosurgery. 2010; 113:319-324. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20136388. Accessed 12/13/2011.
- Dahiya S, Perry A. Pineal Tumors. Advances in Anatomic Pathology. 2010; 17:419-427. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20966647. Accessed 12/13/2011.
- ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Pineocytoma. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.