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Child treatments for brain tumours

If your child has been diagnosed with a brain tumour, this 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.

This will help you understand the reasons behind each type of treatment, how they work, the procedures i.e. what to expect, and possible side-effects, both short-term and long-term. This will help you to decide what questions to ask your child's health team and help you make informed decisions about your child's treatment.

Neurosurgery

The types of surgery your child may have and why surgery is not possible for everyone.

About neurosurgery

Radiotherapy

How radiotherapy works and what your child can expect during treatment.

Understanding radiotherapy

Chemotherapy

The use of drugs to destroy tumour cells by interrupting or stopping their growth.

Learn about chemotherapy

Steroids

Steroids are given to treat brain tumour symptoms and side-effects, rather than the tumour.

What are steroids?

Proton Beam Therapy

A targeted radiotherapy in which fewer healthy cells receive a dose of radiation.

Find out more

Side-effects of treatment

Find out about the side-effects your child may experience from treatment.

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