Curing brain cancer depends on where the tumour is located and how far the malignancy has spread. Whenever possible, a brain tumour is treated surgically. If it can be removed, the patient may recover fully. After surgery, radiation therapy and sometimes chemotherapy are prescribed to make sure stray cancer cells are killed.
But some brain tumours are located too deep in the brain to be removed without causing severe brain damage. In these cases, treatment is likely to be chemotherapy and a refined radiation therapy. Both these treatments are unlikely to cure the cancer, but they may slow the growth of cancer cells, control symptoms, and let the patient live longer.
When cure is impossible, the main focus will be on providing comfort and preserve neurological function.
(For further information see our Cancer Section).
The side effects of this disease and the various traditional treatments can become stressful and crippling. There are some alternative therapies that can provide relief - hydrotherapy, yoga, visualisation and meditation. Massage and reflexology, may also help.
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