Jargon buster

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

R

Radiation

A stream of high energy particles or electromagnetic waves that can be used to destroy tumour cells.

Randomised clinical trial

A clinical trial in which patients are randomly allocated to the different treatments under investigation.

Referral

When a doctor directs a patient to another doctor e.g. a GP directs a patient to a specialist

Rehabilitation

Treatments designed to aid the recovery from illness, injury or disease to as normal a condition as possible.

Resection

The surgical removal of an organ or structure, such as a tumour. Partial resection: Removal of part of a tumour Total resection: Removal of all of a tumour

Retina

The layer of light-sensitive cells at the back of the eye