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.

Conventional 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

Non-conventional treatments

At some point, all treatments are experimental and we cannot always tell initially which will become mainstream, standard treatments. When you, or someone you love, is diagnosed with a brain tumour, you may find yourself searching for information about anything which might help, and which might become one of these new, hopefully more effective treatments.

However, whilst some information is on websites (such as ours) where content is evidence-based and fact checked by experts in the field (and also by patients/carers with experience of brain tumours), much of the information out there can just be people's opinions, without any scientific evidence, or which only have anecdotal evidence. It is tempting to be swayed by anything which appears to offer some hope and/or which aligns with your own feelings, but these can be misleading and may even cause harm. Others may be possible to take/use without affecting your standard treatment, particularly if you discuss how to use/take them with your healthcare team.

Emerging treatments

Read about some of the new brain tumour treatments currently in development.

Treatments licensed for other illnesses

Find out about the research to see if existing drugs might be able to help treat brain tumours.

Vitamins and supplements

Some people believe certain vitamins, supplements or diets might help improve their outcome when living with a brain tumour.

Antineoplaston therapy

Get the facts about this alternative and controversial cancer therapy available in America.

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