What are brain tumours?

Brain tumours are abnormal growths of cells that form within the brain. These tumours can be either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).

What are some common brain tumours treated at Epworth?

Below are just a few examples:

  • Gliomas
  • Meningiomas
  • Pituitary adenomas
  • Medulloblastomas
  • Schwannomas
  • Craniopharyngiomas
  • Primary CNS lymphoma


We will conduct a thorough evaluation to ensure an accurate diagnosis. If a brain tumour is suspected, your doctor may arrange the following assessments to confirm the diagnosis:

  • Medical history
  • Physical examination
  • Medical imaging such as a CT, PET or MRI scan
  • Neurological examination
  • Biopsy and/or craniotomy to remove tumour
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Get referred

To receive a diagnosis or treatment from an Epworth specialist, the first step is to schedule an appointment with your GP and request a referral.

Treatment and management

Your Epworth care team will work together with you and your family to plan the best approach to treatment and symptom management.

Your Epworth doctor may suggest the following to help treat your condition and reduce the impact of your symptoms:

Cancerous tumours

If your brain tumour is cancerous, we recommend that you visit our central nervous system cancer webpage to learn more about treatment options.

Non-cancerous treatment options

  • Observation
  • Surgery
  • Radiosurgery
  • Medication
  • Symptom management medication


Our specialised neurological rehabilitation programs and clinics focus on enhancing your physical, functional and cognitive abilities and promoting independence. They also offer emotional and psychological assistance to you and your family.

Ongoing management

Your Epworth care team will arrange follow-up appointments to assess treatment effectiveness and adjust treatment plans as needed.

Our locations

For brain tumours

Treatment locations

Neurological rehabilitation locations

Your care team at Epworth

The multidisciplinary team for brain tumours includes a neurosurgeon, neurologist, oncologists and allied health professionals, such as an occupational therapist and speech pathologist.

Learn more about the health professionals in the neurology care team.

Neurology and neurosurgery

Choosing your Epworth specialist

Meet our specialist neurologists and neurosurgeons, accredited at Epworth.