Side-effects of a brain tumour

Brain tumours may cause effects that can have an impact on your quality of life. They can affect different parts of the brain which control different functions. This means that the effects of a brain tumour you may experience depends on the location, its size and its aggressiveness.

Personality changes and brain tumours

The physical and emotional impact of diagnosis, treatment and lifestyle changes can affect mood and general character.

Memory difficulties and brain tumours

Memory involves many different parts of the brain. Many brain tumours therefore can cause memory difficulties.

Communication difficulties

A brain tumour can cause difficulties with understanding language, expressing language or both.

Fatigue and brain tumours

Fatigue is the most common side-effect of brain tumours and their treatment. Many find it the most disruptive.

Depression and brain tumours

Depression can be triggered by the diagnosis of a brain tumour, as an effect of treatment or by the impact on daily life.

Cognition (thinking skills) and brain tumours

Brain tumours and their treatments can affect thinking skills, which may make some aspects of daily life difficult.

Seizures (epilepsy) and brain tumours

Up to 60% of brain tumour patients will experience a seizure at least once during the course of their illness.

Learning difficulties in children

It is estimated that over half of children who are treated for a brain tumour will have a learning difficulty of some sort.

Sight problems and brain tumours

Around 28% of people with a brain tumour report a vision problem, find out about sight problems and tips for coping.

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