Brain Tumors Treatments

Northwestern Medicine specialists have expertise in the treatment of primary brain tumors, secondary brain tumors, and the neurologic complications of cancer and its treatment. If you are diagnosed with a brain tumor, your physician may recommend a single course of treatment including, surgery, medication, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or hormone therapy, or a combination of these procedures and therapies.


Surgery is a common treatment for many types of brain tumors, and is often the first course of treatment.


Brain tumors often cause symptoms that may include headaches, pain, seizures, mood swing and other issues. To help you feel better and treat your symptoms, your physician may prescribe medication.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy may be used to treat a brain tumor after surgery, or as your primary treatment when surgery isn’t an option.

Chemotherapy and Hormone Therapy

Chemotherapy uses medications to destroy cancer cells in your body. Hormone therapy can help prevent the growth, spread and recurrence of your disease.


Clinical Trials

If you have a brain tumor, a clinical trial may provide a promising alternative to your care. As a patient at Northwestern Medicine, you have access to some of the most advanced research trials available anywhere. Talk with your care team about your options.

Related Resources

Lou and Jean Malnati Brain Tumor Institute at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Brain and Spine Tumor Center brochure: Learn about the Brain and Spine Tumor Center at Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital
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