Brain and spinal tumours

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If a brain or spinal cord tumour spreads

Cancer cells can spread from an organ to other parts of the body. This spread is called metastasis.

Brain and spinal cord tumours are different from most other types of cancer because they rarely spread outside the central nervous system to other parts of the body. They may spread to nearby tissue, which can interfere with necessary functions of the brain and spinal cord.

Some types of brain tumours may spread from the brain to the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and the spine. Spinal cord tumours spread along and around the spine and spinal cord. They may also shed cancer cells into the CSF.

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Lusomé Founder and CEO Lara Smith Seeing my sister Erin – a young mother – struggle with the emotional blow and then the physical toll of cancer treatment made me want to do something to help women feel confident.

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Great progress has been made

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Some cancers, such as thyroid and testicular, have survival rates of over 90%. Other cancers, such as pancreatic, brain and esophageal, continue to have very low survival rates.

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