Treatment for brain cancer

There are many different types of treatment for brain cancer. Your treatment will depend on you and your cancer.

Treatment for brain and spinal cord cancers depend on a number of factors including, the grade, type, location and size of the cancer as well your individual medical history, symptoms and personal preferences for treatment. Medications including steroids and anti-seizure drugs may also be given along with the above treatments to help relieve symptoms.1

The main treatment options for brain cancer include:

  • Surgery – is some cases surgery can remove all (total resection) or some (partial resection or biopsy) of the tumour to help either manage symptoms or remove the cancer completely.2
  • Chemotherapy – are specific drugs that destroy cancer cells (although they can also destroy healthy cells which can lead to side-effects).3
    • Using chemotherapy drugs to treat brain cancer can be difficult due to the blood brain barrier, which is an ‘in built’ protection system stopping harmful substances in the blood, from reaching the brain.8

Treatment at Icon

Bowen Icon Cancer Centre offer a range of brain cancer treatments to ensure a personalised treatment plan for every patient. Visit our treatments page to find out more information about the range of treatment methods and technology available at Icon.


For a full list of references, click here.
  1. Brain cancer treatment. (2018). Cancer Council. Retrieved on 20th February 2019 from
  2. Surgery for brain cancer (2018). Cancer Council. Retrieved on 20th February 2019 from
  3. Chemotherapy for brain cancer (2018). Cancer Council. Retrieved on 20th February 2019 from
  4. Radiation therapy for brain cancer (2018). Cancer Council. Retrieved on 20th February 2019 from

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  • 04 896 0200
  • Level B3, Bowen Specialist Medical Centre 98 Churchill Drive Crofton Downs Wellington 6035