Brain Tumor Treatment

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
An older man sits on his couch. He is suffering from a headache.
Why Yale Medicine?
  • We emphasize a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, so that patients with a wide variety of symptoms can be treated under one roof.
  • Yale Medicine has cutting edge diagnostic and treatment centers, including a neurological intensive care unit with the use of the latest brain scan, surgical, and radiation technologies.
  • Our clinicians can map a tumor’s genetic makeup to develop personalized medicine approaches that give patients the best chance for cancer remission.

A brain tumor is a group of abnormal cells that have grown in or around the brain, most of which are benign and treatable. While there were close to 350,000 brain tumors diagnosed last year in the U.S., according to the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States, only one-third of those were malignant, or cancerous.

Because of the brain’s complexity and its connection to the body’s spine and nervous system, brain tumors—and their treatments—can cause a wide variety of neurological symptoms including: memory loss, seizures and loss of motor control. A patient who is diagnosed with a metastatic, or cancerous tumor will probably undergo aggressive treatment that includes surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or a combination of those treatments.