Meningioma Brain Tumors

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Houston Methodist meningioma neurologists and neurosurgeons provide nationally recognized expertise and compassionate, customized care.

Houston Methodist is home to the world-renowned Kenneth R. Peak Center for Brain and Pituitary Tumor Treatment and Research. Our Meningioma and Skull Base Tumor Program team of experts is dedicated to preserving neurological function during and after brain tumor treatment.


Slow-growing, noncancerous meningiomas require delicate treatment approaches not available at most Texas centers. Our patients have access to expert second opinions, world-class clinical trials and advanced therapies. We are fueled by a passion to help people return to their normal lives. What many doctors may view as an impossible, inoperable challenge, we see as our mission to cure. 

Diagnosis and Treatment of Meningioma

How is a meningioma diagnosed?

Meningiomas grow slowly and cause indistinct symptoms, such as headaches or nausea. Other symptoms, like weakness or confusion, are sometimes overlooked as normal signs of aging.


The first step toward diagnosis is a neurological exam to check reflexes, strength, facial movement control, vision and level of awareness. Your specialist will also order imaging such as CT and MRI scans to determine the size and shape of the tumor.

Can a meningioma be cured?

Meningiomas often respond well to treatment and can be cured. As the most common brain tumor type, 90% of cases are benign. Following a diagnosis, your doctor carefully considers these factors and develops a treatment plan:


  • Meningioma size and location
  • Rate of the tumor’s growth and aggressiveness
  • Current health and lifestyle
  • Treatment goals


Your doctor then meets with you to discuss your customized treatment plan and answer any questions you may have.

What meningioma treatments are available?

Meningioma can be treated with a combination of surgery, radiation and/or medication:


  • Brachytherapy – An internal radiation therapy in which small “seeds” holding radioactive material are implanted in the brain to deliver radiation for a set amount of time.
  • Chemotherapy – Anti-tumor drugs sometimes administered prior to surgery to shrink a tumor.
  • DNA and genomic analysis – After a tumor is removed, all known genes are examined to determine which genes are defective or altered.
  • MRI-guided microneurosurgery – Neurosurgeons use tiny tools and ultrasonography to remove the tumor while limiting damage to healthy brain tissue.
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) – Delivers focused radiation only to the tumor to limit spread and shrink and prevent tumor growth.
  • Stereotactic radiation therapy – The radiation dose may be lowered and delivered over several days or weeks, allowing healthy cells surrounding it to recover between treatments. 


The Houston Methodist brain tumor experts tailor your treatment plan to you and your health goals.

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Treating a Complex Meningioma

Chris DeHart was previously told his brain tumor was likely inoperable, so he came to Houston Methodist for a second opinion. With a treatment plan of six surgeries, the combined expertise of top surgeons in three specialties, and cutting-edge technologies, Chris is looking to make a full recovery.

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