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.

Newly diagnosed?

Get a copy of our Patient Guide to help you feel confident when discussing treatment and care options with your medical team.

Neurosurgery

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

Chemotherapy

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

Steroids

Get information about why and when steroids are given and the side-effects.

Watch and wait

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

Temozolomide

A chemotherapy drug used to treat high grade gliomas - discover how it’s taken and its side-effects.

Bevacizumab (Avastin®)

Read more about this drug, which is not licensed for use in the UK for the treatment of brain tumours.

Antineoplaston therapy

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

Clomipramine

Discover why the use of this anti-depressant drug in treating brain tumours is much debated.

We also have information on brain tumour treatments for children.