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Brain tumours

A brain tumour is a growth in your brain. It can be non-cancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant).

Symptoms of a brain tumour include a headache, seizures (fits), memory problems and changes in your personality.

Treatments for brain tumours include medicines, surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

The cause of most brain tumours is unknown. Things that increase your chance of getting a tumour include getting older or being exposed to radiation.

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Symptoms of a brain tumour include a headache, seizures (fits), memory problems and changes in your personality.

Symptoms of a brain tumour

The symptoms of a brain tumour vary depending on the exact part of the brain affected.

Common symptoms include:

Sometimes you may not have any symptoms to begin with, or they may develop very slowly over time.

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Treatments for brain tumours include medicines, surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

Medical treatments

If you have a brain tumour, your treatment will depend on:

  • the type of tumour
  • where it is in your brain
  • how big it is and how far it's spread
  • how abnormal the cells are
  • your overall health and fitness

Treatments for brain tumours include:

After being diagnosed with a brain tumour, steroids may be prescribed to help reduce swelling around the tumour.

Other medicines can be used to help with other symptoms of brain tumours, such as anti-epileptic medicines for seizures and painkillers for headaches.

Surgery is often used to remove brain tumours. The aim is to remove as much abnormal tissue as safely as possible.

It's not always possible to remove all of a tumour, so further treatment with radiotherapy or chemotherapy may be needed to treat any abnormal cells left behind.

Treatment for non-cancerous tumours is often successful and a full recovery is possible.

Sometimes there's a small chance the tumour could return, so you may need regular follow-up appointments to monitor this.

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The cause of most brain tumours is unknown. Things that increase your chance of getting a tumour include getting older or being exposed to radiation.

Read more on the NHS website.