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Indications of an Operable Brain Tumor

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As a neurosurgeon at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS) Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital, Dr. Franklin Epstein performs surgical removal of brain tumors. Dr. Franklin Epstein has over 30 years of experience in his field.

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Indications of an Operable Brain Tumor

  1. 1. INDICATIONS OF AN OPERABLE BRAIN TUMOR By Franklin Epstein
  2. 2. Introduction  As a neurosurgeon at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS) Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital, Dr. Franklin Epstein performs surgical removal of brain tumors. Dr. Franklin Epstein has over 30 years of experience in his field. For a tumor to be removable via surgery, it must lie within an accessible area of the brain. Tumors that are located in or near areas of the brain that control key functions, such as movement or language, may be considered inoperable because reaching them carries an extremely high risk of brain damage. Operable tumors should be in an area that the surgeon can reach without harming crucial areas of the brain.
  3. 3. Operable Brain Tumors  Additionally, if a tumor is clearly defined at the edge and does not integrate with normal brain tissue, then a surgeon may have better odds of safe removal. Fortunately, advances in imaging science now give doctors a much clearer picture of a tumor's size and location. With the aid of this technology, surgeons can develop safer strategies for tumor excision. However, even if a tumor is operable, the patient must be able to withstand the surgery. The patient should be in reasonably good overall health and have strong heart, lung, and liver function. Preferably, any primary cancers would also be under control.

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