Treatment For Brain Cancer

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  • Treatment for a brain tumor depends on a number of factors. Among these are the type, location, and size of the tumor, as well as the patient’s age and general health. Treatment methods and schedules often vary for children and adults. A treatment plan is developed to fit each patient’s needs.

    The patient’s doctor may want to discuss the case with other doctors who treat brain tumors. Also, the patient may want to talk with the doctor about taking part in a research study of new treatment methods. Such studies are called clinical trials.

    Many patients want to learn all they can about their disease and their treatment choices so they can take an active part in decisions about their medical care. A person with a brain tumor will have many questions, and the doctor is the best person to answer them. Most patients want to know what kind of tumor they have, how it can be treated, how effective the treatment is likely to be, and how much it is likely to cost.

    Many people find it helpful to make a list of their questions before they see the doctor. Taking notes can make it easier to remember what the doctor says. Some patients also find that it helps to have a family member or friend with them when they talk with the doctor, either to take part in the discussion or just to listen.

    Patients and their families have a lot to learn about brain tumors and their treatment. They should not feel that they need to understand everything the first time they hear it. They will have other chances to ask the doctor to explain things that are not clear.