Glioma Overview and Treatment

Glioma Overview and Treatment

Westchester Medical Center's brain tumor program provides residents of northern metropolitan New York City, Westchester County and the Hudson Valley one of the region's leading glioma treatment programs.

Gliomas are primary tumors. The higher the grade, the more aggressive  the tumor. Treatments at the Medical Center for gliomas depend on the grade of the tumor and will typically involve a combination  of therapies including  surgical removal, chemotherapy and radiation. When appropriate, patients will be entered into a clinical trial.

Glioma grades

Gliomas are graded, or divided, into levels based on their rate of growth and potential for rapid deterioration.  The multi-disciplinary clinical staff at Westchester Medical Center will be able to thoroughly and accurately assess all types of gliomas. 

Common types of gliomas diagnosed at Westchester Medical Center

The most common type of gliomas are called astrocytomas. These type of gliomas are tumors that sprout from abnormal  astrocyte  cells which support  neuron function and generation  in the brain. Astrocytomas  are graded on a scale of 1 through 4, with 4 the most serious form. Symptoms vary, and may include mental dysfunction,  seizures,  persistent headaches,  vomiting  or swelling. The standard treatment  is surgery if the tumor is accessible,  followed  by radiation therapy and chemotherapy. For grade 3 and 4 gliomas, there is a high probability  that the tumor will return, so follow-up treatment  and diligent physician-patient follow-up is essential.  

Westchester Medical Center's advanced care facilities allows our brain surgeons and clinicians to deliver a comprehensive treatment regimen which might include brain surgery and the necessary course of radiation and chemotherapy.


 Second Opinions at Westchester Medical Center: Brain tumor diagnosis, treatment plans

At Westchester Medical Center's brain tumor practice, We offer second opinions to patients based on a prior diagnosis from a different care provider. We also provide alternate treatment plans and will assess previous treatment courses to determine how we can more effectively treat a benign or malignant tumor

This assessment will include:

  • A review of your existing health records communication with previous physicians to determine past treatment plan(s).
  • A consultation at Westchester Medical Center's brain tumor practice to establish a new baseline of diagnosis and treatment.
  • Review of any imaging studies you might have completed in the past, including MRI or CT scan reports, hard copy or digital form of CT and/or MRI including brain scans.
  • A collaborative discussion among our multi-disciplinary brain tumor clinical team to determine the best course of action--taking into consideration your current health and stage of development of existing tumors.
  • Review of any surgical operative  reports, pathology  reports, records  of chemotherapy, records  of radiation  therapy, etc. 
  • A meeting with you to go over our recommendations you personally.

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To speak to someone about brain tumor services at Westchester Medical Center, please call (914) 948-6688. Our offices are located at 19 Bradhurst Ave, Suite 3050N, Hawthorne, NY