Symptoms and information

Over 10,600 people are diagnosed with a primary brain tumour (tumor) each year. Due to the fact that they occur in the brain which is an organ responsible for many functions, brain tumours can vary significantly from person to person in terms of the short and long term symptoms they cause.

In most cases, the first indication of a possible brain tumour comes in the form of one or more signs or symptoms. With over 130 different types of brain tumour already known to us, and with different areas of the brain controlling different functions, the symptoms associated with this disease can vary greatly. For example, some people affected by a brain tumour may experience intense headaches (often in the morning) or recurring seizures. Others may experience problems with their balance, their energy levels or may display behaviours which are out of character. (Please be aware that these symptoms do not automatically point to the presence of a brain tumour, as they may also be found in people who are healthy or suffer from other ailments.)

Adult symptoms

It is important to be aware of the symptoms of a brain tumour, so you can go to your doctor if you are concerned.

Child symptoms

Brain tumours in children are relatively rare. However, it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms.

What is a brain tumour?

Further information on the causes, types, grading system and treatments of brain tumours.

Childhood brain tumours

Around 500 children and young people in the UK are diagnosed each year. Read about long-term effects, treatments and types.

The human brain

The brain is the most complex organ in our body. Learn about the areas of the brain that can be affected by brain tumours.

Brain cells

In the brain, there are different types of cell. Tumours that grow from each type have different names and characteristics.