Driving after you've been diagnosed with a brain tumour

You may not be allowed to drive for a period of time after your diagnosis. This will depend on the type of tumour, whether you have had any seizures, the surgery you have, and the license you hold.

If you drive, this change to your daily life can be upsetting. But it’s important to follow the advice you are given.

You will need to contact the Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) to tell them about your illness. They will advise you of any restrictions on your right to drive. Have a look the DVLA's information about medical conditions, disabilities and driving, or call 0300 790 6806 for more information.

Being diagnosed with some types of tumours mean you may be able to drive again when you have recovered from treatment. With other types, you may not be allowed to drive again for at least 2 years.

If you’re not sure what you should do, check with your doctor or specialist nurse. They will explain things to you.

Back to Managing day-to-day life

Coping with family life and work

It’s important to be realistic about what you can manage. Get help if you’re finding it hard to cope with family life and work.

Tip - asking for help

Try not to feel guilty about asking for help. Support is widely available and can make managing day-to-day life easier.

Lifestyle and diet

Eating well and getting active are positive life choices that improve your health and well-being.