Brain cancer, fortunately, is not a particularly common disease.

What are the symptoms of brain cancer?

It often comes to light because of persistent headaches or worsening headaches, sometimes because of nausea and even other times, because of personality change. Very, very rarely it can be associated with seizures.

Are there treatments for brain cancer?

It is a nasty cancer because, as opposed to other parts of the body, you can’t really take out your brain. You can take out parts of the brain, but it’s very hard to do that in a way that completely eradicates the cancer. And it’s a cancer where, although we have treatments and although those treatments have been able to prolong people’s survival, it’s really not possible in most individuals to cure the cancer.

Professor Michael Boyer is Medical Oncologist at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse

Last Reviewed: 30/09/2020

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