Specialist & advanced treatments


At The Private Brain Unit we provide a wide range of specialist and advanced treatments. Your consultant will talk you through the treatment options to best suit your medical needs so that you can make an informed decision about your care.

Specialist treatments

Brain tumours are traditionally treated with surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy, depending on the type and location of the tumour. These treatments may be used in isolation or as part of a combined treatment plan. 

Why choose treatment at The Private Brain Unit 

Combined chemotherapy & radiotherapy

You may have radiotherapy in combination with chemotherapy. This requires a high level of expertise to deliver combination therapy to the brain, and our consultants are experts in this type of treatment plan.

Stereotactic radiotherapy & radiosurgery

Our radiotherapy is the most advanced and targeted treatment available, delivered on the UK’s first TrueBeam STx. This technology means we can treat brain tumours with stereotactic radiosurgery, providing higher dose beams with pinpoint accuracy. This maximises the effectiveness of the radiotherapy on the brain tumour, while protecting the surrounding healthy cells and reducing treatment times significantly.

Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)

IMRT is a high precision method used on the True Beam STx that lets us vary the amount of radiation delivered to irregularly shaped tumours. This is particularly effective in preserving the surrounding healthy cells.

New drugs and regimens not available on the NHS

You will have access to a range of safe and approved drugs and regimens, including immunotherapy, some of which are not currently available on the NHS.

Immunotherapy

New treatments are available, often in combination with chemotherapy, which can focus the patient’s own immune system to help treat the tumour. This is known as immunotherapy, an advanced treatment option that can be effective in some cases.

Clinical trials

Dr Fersht and Dr Mulholland are both actively involved in research into new treatments for brain tumours. If you are interested and eligible you may be able to join a clinical trial offering additional treatment options for your tumour.