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.


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


Find out why radiotherapy may be used and what to expect during treatment

Stereotactic Radiotherapy

Learn how by using 3D images to accurately locate a tumour, radiotherapy treatment can be more precise


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


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.


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


Successful research in other cancers has led to clinical trials being available for treating brain tumours with immunotherapy

Emerging treatments

Standard treatment for brain tumours has changed little in the last 20 years. Read more about treatments in development.

We also have information on brain tumour treatments for children.

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