Treating brain tumours, what to expect and making decisions.

  • Decisions about treatment

    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

    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.

  • Treatment overview

    Your treatment plan may depend on the tumour’s size, position, type, grade, biomarkers and your symptoms.

  • Monitoring (watch and wait)

    Instead of having treatment, some people have regular check-ups and scans to monitor the tumour.

  • 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.

  • Clinical trials

    Many people are offered a trial as part of treatment. Find out more to help you decide if a trial is right for you.

  • 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.