Treating brain tumours

When your doctor gives you a brain tumour diagnosis, they will often tell you what the next step will be in terms of treatment. You might hear them use the words 'chemotherapy', 'radiotherapy', 'surgery' or 'steroids'.

In many cases treatment might even begin on the same day as a brain tumour diagnosis, leaving you little or no time to prepare for what you will go through. The information we provide is aimed at preparing you for every stage of your, or your child's treatment.

If you haven't started treatment yet and you don't know what treatment you are going to be offered, our information can tell you about the different treatments and what you might expect from each, helping you make more informed decisions about your treatment.

If you are being treated or have been treated in the past, you can find out about what the possible side-effects are and how you could manage them. We also provide information on some complementary therapies (such as acupuncture and CBT) which you can have alongside standard treatment. These could help you manage some of the side-effects caused by standard treatments.

Adult brain tumour treatments

Information about different brain tumour treatments available for adults.

Child brain tumour treatments

Information about different brain tumour treatments available for children.

Complementary treatments

Therapies used alongside conventional treatments to help manage the side-effects of having a brain tumour and its treatment