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Treatment of low-grade brain and spinal cord tumours
Low-grade (grades I and II) brain and spinal cord tumours tend to grow slowly and may cause only a few symptoms.
Treatment of low-grade brain and spinal cord tumours can vary depending on:
- type of tumour
- location of tumour
- size of tumour
- neurological (nervous system) function
- Some types of low-grade tumours are not treated until they grow large enough to change neurological function.
- person's age
A low-grade tumour can often be completely removed by surgery. If not, a combination of treatments may be used.
The types of treatments given are based on the unique needs of the person with cancer.
Great progress has been made
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.