New Information about Diagnosing and Treating Low-Grade Glioma at Memorial Sloan Kettering

Pictured: Philip Gutin

Philip Gutin, Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery and Co-Executive Director of the Brain Tumor Center

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

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.

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Clinical Trials

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.

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My mother recently got diagnosed with a 2 cm benign brain tumor on her front-left side of the brain. She is having cranial presure, vision discomfort (especially in bright places or light) and vertigo. She was told she has a 'hole' on her head where the tumor is located. The doctor told her to wait for a year to see if the tumor grows. I am concern on the 'waiting if it grows' part. It's 2 cm, should this tumor be treated as soon as possible, especially with the side effects she is having? My mom resides in Quebec, Canada so I am not sure if this is standard practice in Canada.

My brother get epilapse attack 8 months before during the midnight we bought him to hospital and the doctors did Mri of my brother and said that ur brother have brain stoke and after checking doc gave.

him epilapse mediciences after 6 months epilapse attack come back to my brother and we bought him to same doc and he said that epilapse attacks returne when electric current pass from the infectecd area and also said that epilapse attacks change days to months and months to years so I decided to consult with someother doc so I consult with top pakistani doc he said repeat the Mri and we repeat the Mri there is no difference between the two MRi imaging doc digonise the left temporal galial tumour and said that wait and watch now I am confused and want to know about the treatment of the captioned deseas

Atif, thank you for reaching out. If your brother lives outside the United States and is interested in coming to Memorial Sloan ­Kettering or having his records reviewed for a second opinion, he can contact our International Center by calling 1­-212-­639-­4900 or going to­care/international­patients. The email address is

If he lives inside the U.S. and would like to make an appointment with a Memorial Sloan Kettering physician, he can call our Physician Referral Service at
800-525-2225 or go to­care/appointment.