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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.


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