Brain Tumors: Newly Diagnosed

Being told you have a brain tumor can be scary, and you may have many questions. But you have people on your healthcare team to help.

Coping with fear

It’s normal to feel afraid. Learning about your tumor and about the treatment options you have can make you feel less afraid. This also helps you work with your healthcare team and make the best choices for your treatment. You can also ask to speak with a counselor.

Working with your healthcare team

Your healthcare team will likely include:

  • Neurologist. A doctor who specializes in treating problems with the brain or nerves.

  • Neurosurgeon. A surgeon who specializes on surgery in the brain or nerves.

  • Medical oncologist. A doctor who specializes in giving medicines to treat tumors.

  • Radiation oncologist. A doctor who specializes in giving radiation to treat tumors.

  • Endocrinologist. A doctor who specializes in treating problems in glands that secrete hormones.

Your doctors and other members of your healthcare team will answer any questions you may have. They’ll help you through each of the steps you’ll take before, during, and after treatment. Your team will let you know what tests you need and the results of those tests. They’ll guide you in making treatment decisions and help prepare you and your loved ones for what’s ahead.

Learning about treatment options

To decide the best course of treatment for you, your healthcare team needs to know as much as they can about your tumor. This may involve getting some tests and working with more than one healthcare provider. And you may decide that you want to get a second opinion to help you choose a treatment.

Getting support

Coping with a tumor can be very stressful. Talk with your healthcare team about seeing a counselor. They can refer you to someone who can help. You can also visit support groups to talk with other people coping with tumors. Ask your healthcare team about local support groups.