Posted: 24 Jul 2014 09:36 AM PDT

In a milestone procedure, neurosurgeons have integrated advanced 3D imaging, computer simulation and next-generation surgical tools to perform a highly complex brain surgery through a small incision to remove deep-seated tumors. “These minimally invasive approaches permit smaller incisions and a shorter recovery. In this case, the patient was able to go home the day after the successful removal of multiple brain tumors,” said one expert.

Novel technologies advance brain surgery to benefit patients

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 09:36 AM PDT

In a milestone procedure, neurosurgeons have integrated advanced 3D imaging, computer simulation and next-generation surgical tools to perform a highly complex brain surgery through a small incision to remove deep-seated tumors. “These minimally invasive approaches permit smaller incisions and a shorter recovery. In this case, the patient was able to go home the day after the successful removal of multiple brain tumors,” said one expert.

Brain tumor causes, risk factors elude scientists

Source:
Case Western Reserve University
Summary:
Today, nearly 700,000 people in the U.S. are living with a brain tumor, and yet, when it comes to pinpointing causes or risk factors, scientists are still searching for answers. “Unlike the strong correlation between smoking and lung cancer, we just haven’t found a specific risk factor like that for brain tumors,” said a researcher. “We have determined that ionizing radiation to the head is a risk factor when received in therapeutic doses, but even in those cases, the risk of developing a brain tumor is low.”