Brainstem Glioma

Find your care

Our expert neurosurgery team is committed to providing the finest and most comprehensive patient care. For help finding a neurosurgeon, call 310-825-5111.

Brainstem Glioma - Brain Tumor

About Brainstem Gliomas: Symptoms, Treatment and Diagnosis

The type and location of the Brainstem Glioma tumor determines treatment options. Most patients require complex management only available at a comprehensive cancer center such as UCLA, where a team of physicians can work together. Advanced technology and equipment at UCLA allows safer surgery and radiation therapies for Brainstem Gliomas.


  • Biopsy confirms the diagnosis when the tumor may actually be an ependymoma or atypical glioma.


  • Surgery
    • The extent of removal and freedom from complications depend upon the skill and experience of your neurosurgeon.
    • Half of adults and children with brain stem tumors will develop a pressure build-up inside the brain necessitating a shunt.
  • Radiation therapy
  • Clinical trials


  • The success of treatment is dependent upon the type of brainstem glioma, the amount of tumor removed during surgery and response to therapies.

The Neuro-ICU cares for patients with all types of neurosurgical and neurological injuries, including stroke, brain hemorrhage, trauma and tumors. We work in close cooperation with your surgeon or medical doctor with whom you have had initial contact. Together with the surgeon or medical doctor, the Neuro-ICU attending physician and team members direct your family member's care while in the ICU. The Neuro-ICU team consists of the bedside nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians in specialty training (Fellows) and attending physicians. UCLA Neuro ICU Family Guide