The management of your brain tumour 

Before diagnosis of a suspected brain tumour you may have attended your GP or your local Emergency Department with worrying symptoms. After initial assessment, you may have further investigations including a brain scan and then referred to a specialist brain tumour team for further advice.

After referral to the Brain Tumour Service at UCLH your case will be discussed at one of our brain tumour specialist multidisciplinary team (MDT) meetings. This is attended by all key members of the MDT who will discuss a management plan for you.

You may be booked in to an outpatient clinic to see a member of the Brain Tumour Service MDT for further review and investigations if required. This will take place at either theĀ National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) or University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre.

Some people are transferred directly to the NHNN for assessment. The next step is often to confirm the type of brain tumour by having an operation. This may be a biopsy to help guide further treatment for you, or a bigger operation to remove as much of the tumour that is safely possible. You can find out further information about how we diagnose and treat brain tumours using the tabs below.

You can find out further information about how we diagnose and treat brain tumours using the tabs below.

  • After your surgery

    After your surgery you should expect to be in hospital for about four to seven days.

    Following your recovery on the ward you will be discharged home or you will be transferred back to your local hospital.

    The results of your surgery will be discussed at our weekly MDT meeting. You will then have a meeting with your surgical team and specialist nurse (CNS) to discuss the results of the operation and the next stage of your care.

    You will be given written information about your diagnosis and future treatment options at this meeting.

  • What happens next?

    • If you will be followed up by the specialist team in clinic with serial scans (3 monthly to 1 yearly scans) or
    • If you will require further oncology treatment. This may be radiotherapy or chemotherapy or both. You will be referred to either an oncology centre closer to where you live or to a consultant at University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre, or
    • If you would benefit more from supportive care in the community. This would be coordinated by your GP and local community teams.