Brain and spinal cord cancer

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 the links on this page and the rest of the information on the site 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.

People with brain and spinal cord cancers should have their care overseen by a multidisciplinary team (MDT). See our Canrefer website for a list of neurological MDTs in NSW.

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.


Use our checklists to find helpful tips or questions to ask.

Where to get help

There are people you can talk to for more information or support.

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