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† D. Removing Benign Brain Tumors: A Surgical Advance

Narrator: This is Science Today. The delicate process of surgically removing a benign brain tumor has vastly improved with the help of a new surgical technique. Dr. Donald Becker, a neurosurgeon at UCLA, says his staff has discovered a way to separate the thin membrane between the brain and the benign tumor.

Becker: Until it was clarified that there is this membrane that separates the tumor from the brain, so often the surface of the brain would be removed with the tumor but then you would end up with a person having a neurological handicap of some sort.

Narrator: Surgeons can now puff up this membrane, called the anachroid and protect the brain while removing the benign tumor.

Becker: Itís a very simple technique, primarily just irrigating this tissue and identifying it and then moving this tissue towards the brain, and then you can remove the tumor completely without damaging the brain tissue or the cranial nerves or important blood vessels.

Narrator: For Science Today, Iím Larissa Branin.