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Brain tumour treatments for adults

Adult brain tumour treatments can include neurosurgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

If you have been diagnosed with a brain tumour, it can be a scary time. You will be given lots of information by the doctors about various treatment options, which can be confusing and difficult to comprehend when you are in a state of shock.

Use the information here to learn more about the various brain tumour treatments available. The pages explain the different type of treatment, how they work, the procedures and what to expect, and possible side-effects, both short-term and long-term. They are designed to help you to decide what questions to ask your health team and help you make informed decisions about your brain tumour treatment.


Learn about the types of surgery you may have and why surgery is not possible for everyone.

About neurosurgery


Find out why radiotherapy may be used and what to expect during treatment.

Learn about radiotherapy


Find our how chemotherapy drugs destroy tumour cells by disturbing their growth.

What is chemotherapy?


Get information about why and when steroids are given and the side-effects.

Understanding steroids

Watch and wait

Sometimes no initial treatment is given - learn why and get tips on how to cope.

Learn more

Stereotactic Radiotherapy

Stereotactic radiotherapy uses 3D scans to direct radiotherapy treatment.

Find out more

Palliative care

Find out more about what to expect when receiving palliative care.

Learn more

Emerging treatments

Read more about brain tumour treatments in currently in development.

Developing new treatments

Side effects of treatment

Find out about the side effects of different treatment and how to cope.

About side effects