Brain and spinal cord cancer
We are working to develop more detailed content about brain and spinal cord cancers.
In the meantime, you can use our General cancer information and the links on this page to find information and support.
Brain and spinal cord cancers are rare cancers (about 1.3% of all cancers) which affect males and females equally. They can occur at any age.
Brain and spinal cord cancers are also called neurological cancers.
Support when you have brain or spinal cord cancer
One of the main organisations that provides information and support for people with cancer is the Cancer Council. Their services include:
- an Information and Support line, 13 11 20, which has specially trained staff available to offer support
- a range of face-to-face, online and telephone support groups
- a program called Cancer Connect where you can talk to someone who has experienced cancer
- an online community for people with cancer and their families and friends.
The Brain Tumour Alliance Australia also has resources to help you understand brain and spinal cord cancers. This is available online, or you can call 1800 857 221.
You can also talk to the cancer care coordinator or social worker where you are being seen. They can tell you what services and support groups are available locally. Your GP may also be able to provide information about this.