The goal of treatment is to reduce the size of the tumor or remove as much of it as possible, while preserving brain tissue and function. Doing so may help improve symptoms and prevent further brain tissue damage. Additional treatment may help to prevent the spread or recurrence of cancerous tumors. The treatment plan will often include a combination of approaches based on the characteristics of the tumor, patient's age, general health, and prognosis. Comfort measures can be provided if the brain tumor is in advanced stages.
If the tumor is not causing symptoms, the doctor may advise watchful waiting. This means you and the doctor will monitor the tumor for growth or appearance of symptoms.
It is likely you will have a healthcare team that is made up of doctors, surgeons, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals. It is important to maintain contact with your medical team, adhere to recommended treatment, and go to any recommended appointments for best outcomes possible.
Treatment involves the following:SurgeryRadiation therapyChemotherapyMedicationsLifestyle changesOther treatments
Existing treatment protocols have been established and continue to be modified through clinical trials. These research studies are essential to determine whether or not new treatments are both safe and effective. Since highly effective treatments for many cancers remain unknown, numerous clinical trials are always underway around the world. You may wish to ask your doctor if you should consider participating in a clinical trial. You can find out about clinical trials at the US National Institutes of Health website.
- Reviewer: Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
- Review Date: 05/2015 -
- Update Date: 08/17/2015 -