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Brain Surgery

A brain biopsy is generally necessary to make an accurate diagnosis (see section on brain imaging here).

For primary brain tumors, surgery is generally the treatment of choice, though the benefits for patients with a glioblastoma may be small (go here).

For patients with brain metastases, surgery may be an option if there is only one lesion and no active cancer elsewhere in the body (go here and here).

Radiosurgery is used to describe high dose radiation given in one treatment and does not involve any conventional surgery (go here and here).