Memorial Sloan-Kettering is home to a multidisciplinary team of neurosurgeons and other experts who specialize in caring for people with a low-grade glioma – one of the most common types of primary brain tumor. These slow-growing tumors develop in the glial cells that provide support and protection for nerve cells in the brain and other parts of the nervous system.
Our new informational guide describes how we combine state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment technologies with comprehensive follow-up care and rehabilitation to manage common side effects of this type of brain tumor, such as seizures and thinking and memory problems.
New technologies have made brain surgery — the optimal treatment for most people with low-grade glioma — safer and more effective than ever before. Our neurosurgeons use advanced technologies including functional MRI brain mapping to plan surgeries and to map tissues during procedures. In addition, MRI scanners are used in the operating room to protect important areas of the brain related to vision, movement, and other functions, and to preserve your quality of life as much as possible.
For some patients whose tumors are close to delicate areas of the brain, our surgeons may perform awake surgery.
For people who do not respond to initial treatment or whose tumor returns after therapy, we can often offer the option of participation in a clinical trial of a new, experimental therapy that may not be available elsewhere. Our physicians and researchers are also working on new investigational approaches for the treatment of low-grade glioma.