If cancer returns

For some people, a brain or spinal cord tumour does come back or continues growing after treatment. If the tumour returns, this is known as a recurrence. Your doctor will talk to you about your treatment options. Some people choose to have further treatment; others decide not to have any. Your subsequent treatment will depend on the situation and the treatments you’ve already had.

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Palliative treatment

Palliative treatment helps to improve people’s quality of life by alleviating symptoms of cancer without trying to cure the disease. It is particularly important for people with advanced cancer. However, it is not just for end-of-life care and it can be used at different stages of cancer. Palliative care services can be accessed in the home as well as in a hospital or residential care.

Often treatment is concerned with pain relief and stopping the spread of cancer, but it also involves the management of other physical and emotional symptoms, and psychosocial support for patients and families.

Call Cancer Council 13 11 20 or visit your local Cancer Council website for more information about palliative care and advanced cancer, or download Understanding Palliative Care below.

Video: Palliative Care Is About Living

Watch this video to find out more about palliative care.

This information was last reviewed in May 2016
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