Effective Brain Tumor Treatment

Brain tumors can vary immensely in their composition, location, and impact. The brain's complex, delicate nature requires an exacting degree of precision to safely remove abnormal tissue. This precision can only be gained through years of experience in a highly specialized field. 

Dr. Peter Nakaji is a neurosurgical specialist at the Barrow Neurological Institute, and can diagnose and treat a brain tumor at our Phoenix practice. Our office is conveniently located to serve Scottsdale and surrounding communities. 

Internationally respected for his work in minimally invasive surgical techniques, Dr. Nakaji has helped countless patients overcome brain tumors. To learn more about your treatment options, or undergo an examination to determine if you may be suffering from a tumor, schedule an appointment with us today. 

About Brain Tumors

Each type of brain tumor contributes to unique health complications and consequences for each patient. Since each patient's body responds differently to a brain tumor, an in-depth analysis of each case is paramount in determining the best treatment. Surgical removal of the tumor is an important step in reducing its chances of damaging surrounding brain tissue.

Brain tumors are either primary (developing within the brain) or metastatic (traveling to the brain from cancers elsewhere in the body). Dr. Nakaji has successfully treated a range of patient cases, and is one of a few world-renowned specialists experienced in the removal of skull base tumors and other rare and complicated tumors, including:

  • Glioma (including glioblastoma, astrocytoma, oligodendroglioma)
  • Acoustic Neuroma (including schwannoma)
  • Meningioma
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Chordoma
  • Choroid Plexus
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Glomus tumor
  • Pineal tumor

Common Symptoms

Brain tumors can present a variety of symptoms, ranging from barely noticeable to debilitating. Common symptoms indicating a brain tumor include:

  • Headaches that are irregular, increasingly frequent, or severe
  • Seizures
  • Difficulty feeling and controlling appendages
  • Loss of balance
  • Feelings of forgetfulness or confusion
  • Nausea
  • Eye problems including pain or vision distortion
  • Ear problems including pain or impaired hearing
  • Unusual mood swings or changes in personality

Although these symptoms do not necessarily indicate a brain tumor, early diagnosis and treatment of the condition is essential in reducing damage to surrounding tissue.

Minimally Invasive Surgical Removal 

By analyzing a tissue biopsy, Dr. Nakaji can begin to formulate a recommended treatment plan. Scans of the brain, including computer tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, and other imaging technologies may be used to create a highly-detailed map of the brain, and allow Dr. Nakaji to precisely target the tumor during treatment.

Typically, Dr. Nakaji will recommend surgical removal of the abnormal tissue. Whether it is cancerous or not, brain tumors usually present a  threat to the brain until they are removed. Dr. Nakaji utilizes minimally invasive, or "keyhole," surgery whenever possible. A respected specialist in this advanced technique, Dr. Nakaji prefers minimally invasive surgery because of its numerous benefits, including faster healing and minimized scarring. 

Schedule a Consultation with Us

Dr. Nakaji's high level of training, combined with a truly compassionate approach to care, has earned him a stellar reputation in the field. If you have experienced symptoms associated with a brain tumor, or have been diagnosed and would like to learn more about your treatment options, reach out to us today

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