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Brain tumour reading list

Men and women discussing brain tumours

This page gives details of a selection of books and leaflets about brain tumours. There is information about


Books from libraries, bookshops or online booksellers

You can find a list of books about cancer, treatments, and living with cancer on our general reading list.

Like a hole in the head
Ivan Noble
Hodder & Stoughton 2005
ISBN 0340864281

Ivan Noble was a science journalist who worked for the BBC. He was diagnosed with a brain tumour in August 2002 and sadly he died in January 2005. He wrote about his feelings and experiences throughout his illness in a weekly column for the BBC website. His writings have been published as a book. Ivan's diaries are still available on the BBC website health page.

Childhood brain and spinal cord tumors: a guide for families, friends and caregiver
T Shiminski-Maher, Patsy Cullen and Maria Sansalone
Childhood Cancer Guides, November 2001
ISBN 0596500092

This book has medical information about benign and malignant brain tumours and spinal cord tumours in children. It is American so the information may not all be applicable to the UK. There are sections on how to cope time in hospital; school, friends and family; emotional issues; and for those who need it, a section on death and bereavement.


Booklets and factsheets from other organisations

From Brain Tumour UK

  • Epilepsy and brain tumours 
  • Living with a brain tumour
  • Radiotherapy for brain tumours
  • Symptoms and diagnosis
  • Chemotherapy for brain tumours

From the Brain and Spine Foundation

  • Spinal tumours
  • Dizziness and balance problems
  • Angiograms of the brain
  • Brain and spine scans
  • Craniotomy
  • Vestibular rehabilitation exercises (exercises for dizziness and loss of balance)
  • Epilepsy

From Brain Tumour Action

  • Living with a Brain Tumour
  • Brain Tumours and Epilepsy
  • Radiotherapy for Brain Tumours
  • High Grade Glioma Brain Tumours
  • Low Grade Glioma Brain Tumours
  • Chemotherapy for Brain Tumours
  • Pituitary Gland Tumours
  • Meningioma
  • Children’s Brain Tumours

From Macmillan Cancer Support
Some of the following are also available on CD

  • Coping with hair loss
  • Healthy eating and cancer
  • Controlling cancer pain
  • Controlling the symptoms of cancer
  • Lost for words – how to talk to someone with cancer
  • Understanding brain tumours
  • Understanding chemotherapy
  • Understanding cancer research trials (Clinical trials)
  • Understanding radiotherapy
  • Talking about your cancer
  • I'm still me: a guide for young people affected by cancer
  • Cancer, you and your partner
  • Talking to children and teenagers when an adult has cancer

From Medikidz
Booklets written by doctors for young people in comic book form.

  • What's up with Rachel? Medikidz explain brain tumours

Booklets available from the The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust website

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Clinical trials

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Updated: 28 January 2014