Understanding brain tumours

Brain tumours (internationally known as 'brain tumors') are quite complex. At present, we know of over 130 different types of brain tumour, each with differing biological characteristics. Some of these characteristics determine whether a tumour is 'high grade' (what we might think of as brain cancer) or 'low grade' (non-cancerous). However, differences are not just biological. Different types of tumour may cause different side-effects, have different treatments and different prognoses.

Understanding brain tumours is about providing information for everyone, whether you are directly affected by a brain tumour or not. If you are directly affected by this disease, this information may help you in a number of ways. For example, it may give you a better idea of what to expect from your treatment, help you ask your doctor the right questions or it could provide you with suggestions on how to manage any symptoms and side-effects you may experience.

Symptoms and information

Learn about symptoms for both adults and children, as well as information about the brain and how a tumour can affect it.

Getting a diagnosis

Read about how brain tumours are diagnosed, brain tumour grading (1-4), scans for both adults and children, and prognosis.

Adult brain tumour types

There are over 130 types of brain tumour but in this page you will find detailed, reliable information the most common types.

Child brain tumour types

There are many different types of childhood brain tumours, these pages will provide you with information on the most common.

Treating brain tumours

Read about different treatment options that may be available to you. Including neurosurgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Navigating the system

These pages will help you to understand how the NHS, inform you about second opinions and give details on your heath team.

Living with a brain tumour

These pages will help you to understand how a brain tumour affects everyday life and how you can manage those effects.

Clinical trials

Understand what a clinical trial is, how it works and if you may be suitable to take part in one.

Resources

Our jargon buster tool helps to clarify medical terms. View other resources such as books and animations for children.