Brain cancer treatment

The main treatments for brain or spinal cord tumours are surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. These treatments may be used alone or in combination. Medication, such as steroids, or anti-convulsants (anti-seizure medication), may also be given to reduce symptoms. Treatment offered to children is similar to adults.

There also may be new and experimental treatments, or improvements in existing treatments. These are given in clinical trials.

The aim of treatment is to remove the tumour, slow its growth, or relieve symptoms by shrinking the tumour and swelling.

Your choice of treatment will depend on:

  • the type, size, grade and location of the tumour
  • your age, medical history and general state of health
  • the types of symptoms you experience.

Listen to podcasts on Making Treatment Decisions and Coping with a Cancer Diagnosis

Video: Research And Clinical Trials

Your doctor may suggest you take part in a clinical trial. Find out more about clinical trials for people with cancer, and the four phases that make up clinical trials.

This information was last reviewed in May 2016
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