Radiation Therapy for Brain Cancer

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
A portrait of a male doctor wearing a white coat who may be talking to a patient about radiation therapy for brain cancer.

It can be scary to receive a brain cancer diagnosis. As a patient, you might have a lot of questions: Is it treatable? Will it affect my daily life? What are my chances of survival? Every year, nearly 24,000 people are diagnosed with cancer of the brain or nervous system. Brain cancer (also known as a primary brain tumor) affects children and adults, and often attacks at random. There aren’t any well established lifestyle factors known to increase risk.

Treating the brain can be tricky, because it is such a delicate structure. Fortunately, new targeted radiation therapies at Yale Medicine allow doctors to remove tumors without affecting the rest of the brain.