The main treatment for most brain tumours is surgery, which aims to remove as much of the abnormal tissue as possible.
It's not always possible to remove the entire tumour, so further treatment with radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy may be necessary to kill any abnormal cells left behind.
For most benign tumours, treatment is oftensuccessful and a full recovery is possible, although there's sometimes a small chance the tumour could come back.Regular follow-up appointments will normally be recommended to monitor this.
The outlook for malignant tumours is generally less good, although this varies depending on things such aswhere the tumour is in the brain, your age, and your general health. Unfortunately,a cure is often not possible and most tumours will return after treatment.
If a tumour does come back, treatmentwill aim to relieve your symptoms and prolong life by controlling the growth of the tumour.
Brain tumours are growths of cells in the brain that multiply in an abnormal, uncontrollable way. They can either be cancerous (malignant) or non-cancerous (benign).
The symptoms of a brain tumour vary depending on the exact part of the brain that's affected. Common symptoms include: severe, persistent headaches seizures (fits) persistent nausea, vomiting and
See your GP if youhave persistent symptoms of a brain tumour. While it's unlikely to be a tumour, it's best to be sure by getting a proper diagnosis. If your GP is unable to identify a more likely ca
Brain tumours can affect people of any age, including children, although they tend to be more common in older adults. More than 9,000 people are diagnosed with primarybrain tumours in the UK each yea
The main treatment for most brain tumours is surgery, which aims to remove as much of the abnormal tissue as possible. It's not always possible to remove the entire tumour, so further treatment with
As well as reading the separate pages on benign brain tumours and malignant brain tumours , you may find the following websites useful sources of information and support: The Brain Tumour Charity