Treating brain tumours, what to expect and making decisions.

  • Making treatment decisions

    Your doctors may tell you there are different options for your treatment. It can be difficult to make a decision, but information and support will help.

  • Monitoring brain tumours

    This may be an option for some people with low-grade or benign tumours. It means choosing to wait and see if the tumour grows and causes symptoms, or if your symptoms get worse before you have treatment.

  • Surgery

    You might be offered surgery to remove all or part of your brain tumour.

  • Radiotherapy

    Radiotherapy targets cancer cells in a specific area of the body.

  • Chemotherapy

    Chemotherapy uses drugs to treat cancer. It can be given in different ways and will be carefully planned.

  • Supportive and other treatments

    Your specialist may give you steroids or anticonvulsants to deal with your symptoms. Always take your medication as prescribed.

  • After treatment

    You may take some time to recover after treatment for a brain tumour. You might also find you need to get used to coping with different side effects.

  • Clinical trials

    It's your decision whether to take part. Find out more to help you decide.

Back to Brain tumours

Understanding brain tumours

and how they develop


symptoms, causes and risk factors of brain tumours


the practical, work and financial side


with and after treatment

Types of brain tumour

and how they can affect the brain

Resources and publications

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