There are a number of treatments for brain and spinal cord tumours. Your treatment depends on the type of tumour you have, where it is and your general health. 

Preparing for treatment and life afterwards (prehabilitation)

There are things you can do to help you feel more in control of your physical and mental health when preparing for treatment. In the hospital, preparing for treatment is also called prehabilitation or prehab.

Treatment decisions

Read about how doctors decide which treatment you need, and the types of treatment you might have for a brain or spinal cord tumour.


Find out about the different types of surgery for brain and spinal cord tumours, how to prepare for your operation, and how to recover well.


Chemotherapy uses anti cancer drugs to destroy brain tumour cells. The drugs circulate throughout your body in the bloodstream.


Radiotherapy uses high energy x-rays to treat brain and spinal cord tumours. 

Controlling symptoms of brain tumours

You might have some medicines to help control the symptoms of brain tumours.

If your brain tumour comes back

You might have treatment with surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy if your brain tumour comes back. 

Follow up appointments

You have follow up appointments to check how you are and see if you have any problems or worries.

Last reviewed: 
28 Mar 2019
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