Clinical Specialties : Brain Tumors

Pineal Region Tumors

Pineal tumors arise in the region of the pineal gland. This gland is a small structure deep within the brain.

Surgery is essential to obtain a sample of tumor tissue so the pathologist can confirm a precise histological diagnosis. Precise diagnosis is required to plan appropriate therapy. Benign pineal tumors can be removed surgically. The most common malignant tumor in this area is the germinoma, which can be cured in more than 90% of patients. Other malignant germ cell tumors occurring in this region are treated with chemotherapy followed by radiation therapy.