What is a brain tumour?
A brain tumour is a growth of abnormal cells in the brain, which can cause serious health problems, particularly if they continue to grow and put pressure on the brain. In order to diagnose a brain tumour, your doctor may perform one of the following tests:

  • CT scan
    This allows your doctor to see inside the brain and receive a more detailed image than a x-ray.

  • MRI
    A brain MRI does not use radiation and provides a detailed image of the brain. With the use of a special dye, your doctor will be able to detect a tumour. We are one of only two practices in the country that can provide this innovative service.

  • Biopsy
    During a biopsy, a small piece of the tumour is examined by a specialist in order to assess whether it is benign or malignant.

How can brain tumours be treated?
Brain tumours can generally be removed surgically. Brain tumour surgery may need to be followed by radiation and chemotherapy in order to remove any infected tissue that remains.


I am a qualified neurosurgeon following my pre- and postgraduate studies at the University of Stellenbosch and currently have private practices at Netcare N1 City, which caters for the northern suburbs of Cape Town and Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital, which caters for the west coast of Cape Town and Western Cape.


Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital
Tel: +27 (0)21 554 0779 / Fax: +27 (0)21 554 2144

Netcare N1 City Hospital
Tel: 021 595 4633 / Fax: 086 684 8004