Treatment for brain tumours depends on several factors including the type, location and size of the tumour as well as the patient’s age and general health. However, it is usually treated with surgery.
To remove a brain tumour, a neurosurgeon performs a craniotomy. Whenever possible, the surgeon attempts to remove the entire tumour. If it cannot be removed entirely without damaging vital brain tissue, your doctor may remove as much of the tumour as possible.
Having brain surgery might sound like a frightening procedure, but it is quite safe. A regular craniotomy can take up to 3-5 hours, but an awake craniotomy can take 5-7 hours. The average cost of a brain tumour surgery in India is USD 3,658.
After surgery, you may need to stay in the hospital for about 3-10 days, and it can take some time to recover fully.
You might have some side effects immediately after surgery, such as weakness and dizziness. Some more serious long term side effects may appear, such as problems with your speech.
The 5-year survival rate for people with a cancerous brain tumour is almost 36%. Survival rates decrease with age, so for people younger than age 15, the survival rate is more than 74%.