Meningioma tumors arise from one of the layers of the meninges, the protective tissue covering the brain. They are usually benign, slow-growing, and do not spread into normal brain tissue. A meningioma usually grows inward causing pressure on the brain or spinal cord. Meningiomas can be removed surgically with less chance of losing hearing or facial nerve function.

For patients newly diagnosed with a meningioma, or the tumor has returned after previous treatment, the UW Medicine team can help. UW Medicine neurosurgeons have experience treating all types of meningiomas and offer a full range of treatment options.

If the patient’s tumor isn't cancerous — but it's causing symptoms — patients likely need radiation or surgery (or both). These treatments can safely and effectively shrink or remove your tumor. If the patient’s meningioma is cancerous, it may require chemotherapy in addition to radiation and surgery. Although it's frightening to face any cancer, a patient can take comfort in knowing the care team will include experts from the renowned Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center.

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At UW Medicine, patients get a team of specialists — led by one of our neurosurgeons — dedicated to their treatment and recovery. Whether you need radiation therapy, physical therapy, or pain management services, several experts will work together to help the patient get better. 

Because our doctors are also researchers, they can provide access to the latest, evidence-based meningioma treatments. We help create and keep up with national guidelines related to meningioma care. By leading research studies such as clinical trials, we work to find better ways to diagnose and treat meningiomas.