Surgery is the most common treatment for brain tumors. However, with more aggressive brain cancers, complete removal of the tumor is not possible, and surgery is done to “debulk” or reduce the tumor as much as possible. Surgery may be combined with radiation therapy or followed with chemotherapy to destroy any remaining cancer cells.
Radiation therapy may be used as a primary treatment for brain tumors in difficult or critical locations in the brain.
New treatments are always being tested in clinical trials and some patients with cancer may want to consider participating in one of these research studies. These studies are meant to help improve current cancer treatments or obtain information on new treatments. Talk to your doctor about the clinical trials that may be right for you.