For an overview of what to expect during all stages of your cancer care visit cancer pathways high grade gliomathis is a short guide to what is recommended from diagnosis to treatment and beyond. Many patients diagnosed with brain cancer will need to undergo surgery to remove the tumor as part of their treatment plan surgery is the first choice of treatment for brain cancer because it is known to be the most successful and effective method the most common surgical procedure for brain cancer treatment is referred to as a craniotomy during a craniotomy the surgeon attempts to excise . Once a brain cancer is diagnosed the doctor can determine a course of treatment this may include chemotherapy radiation surgery or a combination of approaches the most appropriate treatment for cancer of the brain depends on the type location and size of the tumor as well as the age and overall health of the patient. Brain cancers are usually treated with a combination of surgery chemotherapy anticancer medications and radiation as well as medications that control symptoms high doses of steroids are frequently used during or around the time of radiation to reduce any swelling caused by the tumour. Brain cancer can arise from many different types of brain cells primary brain cancer or occur when cancer cells from other parts of the body spread metastasize to the braintrue brain cancers are those that arise in the brain itself grades of brain cancers indicate how aggressive the cancer is type of brain cancer indicates what kind of brain cells that gave rise to the tumor
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