Brain tumour, benign (non-cancerous)
See your GP if you developany of the symptoms of a benign brain tumour , such as a persistent and severe headache.
Your GP willexamine you and ask about your symptoms. They may also carry out a simple neurological examination (see below).
If they suspect you may have a tumour, or they are not sure what's causing your symptoms, you'll probably be referred to a neurologist (brain and nerve specialist).
Your GP or neurologist maycarry out a test of your nervous system, called a neurological examination, to look for problems associated with abrain tumour.
Thismay involve tests of your:
A neurologist may also recommend one or more of the tests mentioned below.
Other tests you may have to help diagnose a brain tumour include:
If a tumour is suspected, a biopsy (surgical removal of a small piece of tissue) may be taken to establish the type of tumour and the most effective treatment.
Under anaesthetic, a small hole (burr hole) is made in the skull and a very fine needle is used to obtain a sample of tumour tissue. You'll probably need to stay in hospital for a few days afterwards.
A benign (non-cancerous) brain tumour is a mass of cells that grows slowly in the brain. It usually stays in one place and does not spread.
The symptoms of a benign or low-grade brain tumour depend on its size and where it is in the brain. Some slow-growing tumours may not cause any symptoms at first.
The cause of most benign brain tumours is unknown, although a small number of cases have been linked to certain genes or previous cancer treatment.
See your GP if you develop any of the symptoms of a benign brain tumour, such as a persistent and severe headache.
Most benign tumours are removed with surgery and do not normally come back.
After being treated for a brain tumour, you may need additional care to monitor and treat any further problems.
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