Radiation Therapy for Brain Cancer

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
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Why Yale Medicine?
  • Treatment strategies draw from the expertise of doctors from a wide range of specialties including neuro-oncology, neurosurgery, radiation oncology and neuroradiology.
  • We use the most advanced and sophisticated equipment to deliver targeted radiation therapy.
  • Our doctors conduct cutting-edge research on brain cancer.

It can be scary to receive a brain cancer diagnosis. As a patient, you might have a lot of questions: Is it treatable? Will it affect my daily life? What are my chances of survival? Every year, more than 22,000 people are diagnosed with cancer of the brain or nervous system. Brain cancer (also known as a primary brain tumor) affects children and adults, and often attacks at random. There aren’t any well established lifestyle factors known to increase risk.

Treating the brain can be tricky, because it is such a delicate structure. Fortunately, new targeted radiation therapies at Yale Medicine allow doctors to remove tumors without affecting the rest of the brain.