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Treatment of brain tumours

May 10, 2017

In this article we focus on treatment following diagnosis.

Treatment of a brain tumour largely depends on what stage the tumour is at when diagnosed and the treatments available will vary depending on the type of brain tumour diagnosed, the age of the patient, the general health of the individual and the tumour grade and location.

Treatment for a brain tumour could include: surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, steroid treatment and/or other drugs targeted at treating the tumour. Sometimes it is even preferable to do nothing and wait and see how the tumour develops rather than rushing in to treatment.

When you are diagnosed with a brain tumour, your treating doctors should tailor a treatment plan for you and provide you with details of what to expect from that treatment, any potential side effects, recovery time and the options available to you.

The aim of treatment is usually to try to remove the tumour but this is not always possible and so treatment sometimes is aimed at controlling the tumour size and limiting the side effects of it.

In general, with a brain tumour, the rule of thumb is that the earlier the tumour is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat. Therefore, if you have been the victim of medical negligence resulting in a delay in diagnosis of a brain tumour, the side effect of that may be that the tumour is harder to treat and the treatment you require may be more invasive or there may not be as many treatment options available to you.

In addition, if once a diagnosis is made you are not given the most appropriate treatment for your brain tumour, this could result in the tumour not being possible to remove, you experiencing serious and debilitating side effects, or your recovery being prolonged.

If you have experienced a delay in diagnosis of a brain tumour, or you are concerned about the treatment you received, then the medical negligence team here at Metcalfes can help, we have brain injury specialists who can help get you the care and rehabilitation you need as well as compensation for the injury you have suffered.

The medical negligence team here at Metcalfes specialise in all areas of medical negligence.   If you or a loved one has been affected by problems arising from delay in diagnosis or inappropriate treatment of brain tumours we can advise you on whether you have a claim.  We offer support and are here to sensitively guide you through your potential case.    

If you would like to speak to us about this or any other matter, please contact us on 0117 239 8012.  Alternatively, you can email us by using our online contact form.

Website content note: This is not legal advice; it is intended to provide information of general interest about current legal issues.

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Treatment of brain tumours

Gillian Clark

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