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Jargon buster

A comprehensive list of the terms and words you will come across in relation to brain tumours.



A stream of high energy particles or electromagnetic waves that can be used to destroy tumour cells.

Randomised clinical trial

A clinical trial in which patients are randomly allocated to the different treatments under investigation.


When a doctor directs a patient to another doctor e.g. a GP directs a patient to a specialist


Treatments designed to aid the recovery from illness, injury or disease to as normal a condition as possible.


The surgical removal of an organ or structure, such as a tumour. Partial resection: Removal of part of a tumour Total resection: Removal of all of a tumour

Respite care

A break from caring, while the person you care for is looked after by someone else. This can be a volunteer, a paid carer, a family member or a friend.


The layer of light-sensitive cells at the back of the eye