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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.

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.


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


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

Watch and wait

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

Stereotactic Radiotherapy

Stereotactic radiotherapy uses 3D scans to direct radiotherapy treatment.

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 treatment and how to cope.