The signs and symptoms of brain cancer depend on the size, location, and other features of the tumor.
Benign (non-cancerous) brain tumors my even remain asymptomatic for years before they are detected. Such tumors are often discovered during an unrelated exam.
Common Brain Cancer Symptoms
Malignant tumors, as well as more serious benign brain tumors may prevent the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain. This causes increased intracranial pressure (IICP), which may result in any of the following symptoms:
- Severe Headaches / Migraines
- Pupil Dilation on the side of the brain growth
If a brain tumor begins to destroy essential neurological tissues and pathways, more serious complications will arise. These complications may include:
- Behavioral, emotional, and cognitive changes
- An impaired sense of smell or taste
- Vision anomalies or vision loss, caused by optic nerve inflammation (papilledema)
- Paralysis that affects one side of the body (hemiplegia)
- Facial Paralysis
These signs and symptoms can be caused by a wide variety of neurological conditions, not just brain cancer. It is important to consult your healthcare provider upon the observation of any symptom listed above.
National Brain Tumor Society
The National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) is a leader in the brain tumor community, bringing together the best of research and patient services to be a comprehensive resource for patients, families, caregivers, researchers, and medical professionals. Also, be sure to check our their new community at My.BrainTumorCommunity.Org.
Patient Services: (800) 934-2873
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