Brain Tumour

What is a brain tumour? 

A brain tumour is a growth of cells in the brain that multiplies in an abnormal, uncontrollable way. 

Symptoms of a brain tumour 

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

  • Severe, persistent headaches 
  • Seizures 
  • Persistent nausea, vomiting and drowsiness 
  • Mental or behavioural changes such as memory problems or changes in personality 
  • Vision or speech problems. 

Causes and risks 

The cause of most brain tumours is unknown, but there are a number of risk factors that may increase your chances of developing a brain tumour. 

Risk factors include: 

  • Age - the risk of getting a brain tumour increases with age, although some types of brain tumour are more common in children 
  • Previous cancers - children who've had cancer have a higher risk of getting a brain tumour in later life; adults who've had leukaemia or non-Hodgkin lymphoma also have an increased risk. 
  • Family history and genetic conditions - some genetic conditions are known to increase the risk of getting a brain tumour including tuberous sclerosis 

Living with brain tumour and it's after effects 

Post surgery many people will live with the after effects of a brain tumour or brain surgery. 

BodyBasic Gym: To help with any progressive weakness or paralysis 

Cognitive Rehabilitation: To help with memory problems 

Virtual Reality Rehabilitation: To help with progressive weakness and general cognitive rehabilitation 

For more information about brain tumours please visit: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/brain-tumours/Pages/Introduction.aspx