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Brain tumour treatments for adults

Adult brain tumour treatments can include neurosurgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Here we’ll take a closer look at brain tumour treatments for adults.

Use these pages as a guide to learn more about the types of treatment and what questions to ask your health team.

And, if you need more information or just a person to talk to, we’re here for you. Please get in touch with our kind and friendly support team.

Neurosurgeons in an operating theatre


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

A patient being administered chemotherapy drugs intravenously


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

A healthcare professional reviewing a brain scan

Watch and wait

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

Scanner used to produce 3D scans for Stereotactic radiotherapy.

Stereotactic Radiotherapy

Stereotactic radiotherapy is a brain tumour treatment which uses 3D scans to direct radiotherapy treatment.

A specialist conveying information to an adult brain tumour patient.

Palliative care

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

Two women who have been affected by a brain tumour diagnosis comfort each other at a local support group for people affected by brain tumours.

Side effects of treatment

Find out about the side effects of different adult brain tumour treatments and how to cope.

Make the right choices for you

Our Step by Step interactive guide outlines what happens following a diagnosis, to answer your questions and help you to understand what to expect.

Understanding brain tumour treatments for adults

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. Some of this can be confusing and difficult to comprehend when you are in a state of shock.

Use the information above to learn more about the various brain tumour treatments for adults. The pages explain the different types 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.

Use the BRIAN app to track treatment

Keeping track of treatment, medication, and the overall journey can be difficult. So, we developed an app to help you with all of this and more.

BRIAN (the Brain tumouR Information and Analysis Network) is designed to help you cope, help you get support, and help you make informed decisions.

You can download it free on iOS and Android and can use it online too.