Brain cancer

At the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre we know that a cancer diagnosis is a life changing event. We also know that every cancer is different, just like every person is different. We are dedicated to supporting and guiding you throughout your care. On this page you can learn about symptoms of brain cancer and the potential treatment pathway. We also run a number of a number of clinical trials and offer a range of support services.

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What is brain cancer?

Brain tumours are caused by abnormal cell growths in the brain. Gliomas are the most common type of brain cancer and are able to spread into other parts of the brain and spine. 

What are the symptoms of brain cancer?

If you have any of the following symptoms and are worried, for example if they are severe or not getting better, then please see your doctor. These symptoms may also occur for ailments other than cancer. Your doctor will advise if you need tests and where you should go to have these tests. 


  • Dizziness
  • Change in personality
  • A change in your eyesight, sense of smell, hearing or taste
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Paralysis or weakness on one side of the body

This information should not be used to replace medical advice.


Can I be treated at the ONJ Centre?

Once you have been diagnosed with cancer, your doctor or specialist can make a referral to the ONJ Centre for your cancer treatment. You can ask to be referred here, regardless of your insurance status or the stage of your treatment. The ONJ Centre is part of Austin Health, a leading Australian public hospital.

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