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Cancer Radiother. 2016 Sep;20 Suppl:S88-95. doi: 10.1016/j.canrad.2016.07.029. Epub 2016 Aug 11.

[Radiotherapy of benign intracranial tumors].

[Article in French]

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Service de radiothérapie, institut Claudius-Regaud, IUCT-Oncopole, 1, avenue Irène-Joliot-Curie, 31059 Toulouse cedex 9, France. Electronic address:
Service de radiothérapie, groupe Oncorad Garonne, clinique Pasteur, bâtiment Atrium, 1, rue de la Petite-Vitesse, 31300 Toulouse, France; Centre régional de radiochirurgie stéréotaxique, CHU Rangueil, avenue Jean-Poulhès, 31052 Toulouse cedex, France.
Service de radiothérapie, centre Antoine-Lacassagne, 33, avenue de Valombrose, 06189 Nice cedex 2, France.
Centre de radiothérapie, hôpital Haut-Lévêque, CHU de Bordeaux, avenue de Magellan, 33604 Pessac cedex, France.
Service de radiothérapie, polyclinique Courlancy, 38 bis, rue de Courlancy, 51100 Reims, France.


Most of the benign intracranial tumors are meningiomas, vestibular schwannomas, pituitary adenomas, craniopharyngiomas, and glomus tumors. Some of them grow very slowly, and can be observed without specific treatment, especially if they are asymptomatic. Symptomatic or growing tumors are treated by surgery, which is the reference treatment. When surgery is not possible, due to the location of the lesion, or general conditions, radiotherapy can be applied, as it is if there is a postoperative growing residual tumor, or a local relapse. Indications have to be discussed in polydisciplinary meetings, with precise evaluation of the benefit and risks of the treatments. The techniques to be used are the most modern ones, as multimodal imaging and image-guided radiation therapy. Stereotactic treatments, using fractionated or single doses depending on the size or the location of the tumors, are commonly realized, to avoid as much a possible the occurrence of late side effects.


Adénomes hypophysaires; Benign cerebral tumors; Craniopharyngiomas; Craniopharyngiomes; Glomus tumors; Meningiomas; Méningiomes; Paragangliomes; Pituitary adenomas; Radiotherapy; Radiothérapie; Stereotaxy; Stéréotaxie; Swhannomes vestibulaires; Tumeurs cérébrales bénignes; Vestibular schwannomas

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