Treatment for children’s brain tumours

The main treatments for children’s brain  tumours are surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. As well as these treatment types, steroids have an important role in helping to treat brain tumours. 

Decisions about treatment for children’s brain tumours

Your child’s multidisciplinary team work together to plan, deliver and support your child’s care. Find out how decisions about treatment are made.

Brain surgery for children

Surgery is a common treatment for a brain tumour. Find out why your child has surgery, who does it and other information. 

After children’s brain surgery

After brain surgery your child usually goes to the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) or high dependency unit (HDU). Find out what's likely to happen during first few days after surgery.

Recovering after children’s brain surgery

Recovering from brain surgery can take some time, both in hospital and at home. Find out what to expect. 

Radiotherapy and proton beam treatment for children’s brain tumours

Radiotherapy is a common treatment for children’s brain tumours. Find out what type of radiotherapy they might have, what happens before, during and after radiotherapy.

Chemotherapy for children’s brain tumours

Chemotherapy uses anti cancer (cytotoxic) drugs to destroy cancer cells. Chemotherapy can work well for some types of brain tumour. Find out when they might have it, the drugs used, how they have it and the side effects.

If your child’s brain tumour comes back

Get information on possible treatment options if your child’s brain tumour comes back.

Last reviewed: 
19 Dec 2022
Next review due: 
19 Dec 2025
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