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Jargon buster

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


Watch and wait

A treatment strategy where no immediate treatment is given, but you are closely monitored with regular appointments and scans until symptoms develop or worsen, or your scan changes. This treatment option is often used for low grade, slow growing tumours, where treatment has the risk of causing more harm than doing nothing.


A medicine or treatment which has mild, or no, side-effects

White blood cell

A type of cell present in the blood. As part of the immune system, they help the body fight infection and disease

White matter

Particular types of cells that are found in the deeper parts of the brain and cerebellum, and also parts of the spinal cord. It acts to help transmit signals from one part of the brain to another.