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Are there any online resources that rate different clinics that offer meningioma treatment?

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The National Cancer Institute lists 69 NCI-Designated Cancer Centers in the United States. The centers in this program are leaders in research and patient care. U.S. News & World Report also ranks hospitals for adult cancer care as part of its "Best Hospitals" yearly survey.

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The National Cancer Institute also provides fact sheets and advice about finding doctors and treatment options. Although health care plans, doctor hospital affiliations and location limit choices, the quality of care and personal comfort with the physician and facility are important, emphasizes the National Cancer Institute.

The standard treatment for meningioma, usually a slow-growing tumor, begins with observation, states WedMD. Up to 90% of meningeal tumors are benign, although determining this requires a biopsy. If the tumor grows or causes problems, such as headaches or seizures, the next step is surgery. In many cases, the meningioma diagnosis happens after tests to see why symptoms occur. During surgery, the surgeon tries to remove as much of the tumor as possible. If the surgeon cannot remove all of the tumor, radiation therapy is a common treatment to shrink what remains.

A general online resource is the National Brain Tumor Society, which provides information about financial impact and caregiving in addition to tumor fact sheets and discussion of treatment options. It also provides resources for finding support and coping, according it its website.

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