Diagnosis & Treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering

Memorial Sloan Kettering is home to a multidisciplinary team of physicians – including neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, radiation oncologists, neuropathologists, and neuroradiologists – that specializes in caring for people with low-grade gliomas.

We are among the most experienced centers in the world, with hundreds of patients who have low-grade gliomas coming to us for treatment every year. Our doctors use the latest diagnostic tools, surgical and imaging technologies, treatments, and long-term monitoring and support methods.

The optimal treatment for low-grade glioma is surgery to remove the tumor. New technologies have made surgery for low-grade gliomas safer and more effective than ever before. Neurosurgeons at Memorial Sloan Kettering use advanced equipment before and during surgery 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.

In addition, our Brain Tumor Center, which was established to foster collaboration between our physicians and researchers, is continually conducting clinical research to improve treatment for people with brain tumors. For people who do not respond to initial treatment or whose tumor returns after therapy, Memorial Sloan Kettering can often offer the option of participation in a clinical trial of a new experimental therapy that may not be available at most other centers.

Learn more about how we diagnose and treat people with low-grade glioma.

  • Diagnosis

    Receiving the correct diagnosis is critical to deciding on the best treatment approach for a low-grade glioma. Because they focus only on brain tumors, our doctors bring a high level of expertise to diagnosis and treatment planning.

  • Surgery

    Surgery is the optimal treatment for low-grade glioma when the tumor can be reached without severely injuring normal tissue.

  • Chemotherapy & Radiation Therapy

    In recent years, our doctors have expanded the use of chemotherapy and radiation therapy for the treatment of low-grade glioma.

  • Investigational Approaches

    Physicians and researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering are investigating ways to improve the treatment of low-grade gliomas.

  • Managing Side Effects

    At Memorial Sloan Kettering, therapies for side effects from the low-grade glioma itself or from treatment are integrated into your care.

  • Follow-Up Care & Rehabilitation

    Long-term follow-up examinations to check for recurrence are critical for people who have had brain tumors such as low-grade glioma.