A person with a suspected neurological cancer should be referred to a neurologist or neurosurgeon who is a member of a neurological cancer multidisciplinary team.
All specialists listed on Canrefer are members of a multidisciplinary team.
What is neurological cancer?
Neurological cancers start in the central nervous system which consists of the brain and spinal cord. Types of neurological cancers include astrocytoma, glioblastoma, spinal cord and brain stem tumours.
What tests are needed?
Common tests used to diagnose neurological cancers include:
- physical examination
- imaging - CT scan and/or MRI scan
What treatment options are there?
Treatment for neurological cancers may include one or more of the following:
- targeted therapy.
If treatment is specialised and complex, patients may need to travel to have a part of their treatment. The local health district will have an arrangement in place for this.
How common is neurological cancer in NSW?
Neurological cancer was diagnosed in:
Data source: Annual NSW cancer incidence and mortality dataset, 2014 (sourced from the NSW Cancer Registry)