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Symptoms of Brain cancer

Symptoms of Brain cancer: Introduction

Symptoms of brain cancer can vary among individuals and differ depending on the stage of advancement of brain cancer and where it is located in the brain. There may not be any symptoms in very early brain cancer.

Symptoms of brain cancer are due to the impact of the growing brain tumor on the brain and nervous system. Symptoms are typically neurological in nature and include headaches, which may be worse in the morning or when lying down. There may also be numbness or tingling in arms or legs, nausea, vomiting, incoordination, difficulty walking and muscle twitching or spasms. Seizure can also occur. Symptoms of brain cancer may also include difficulties with memory, thinking, walking, talking, seeing, or hearing. There may be blurred vision or double vision.

In advanced stages, brain cancer can spread and invade additional healthy tissues on the brain and spinal cord. This causes an increase in severity and number of symptoms....more about Brain cancer »

Symptoms of Brain cancer

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Brain cancer includes the 39 symptoms listed below:

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NINDS Brain and Spinal Tumors Information Page: NINDS (Excerpt)

Symptoms of brain tumors include headaches, seizures, nausea and vomiting, vision or hearing problems, behavioral and cognitive problems, motor problems, and balance problems. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Brain and Spinal Tumors Information Page: NINDS)

Headache -- Hope Through Research: NINDS (Excerpt)

As they grow, these tumors sometimes cause headache by pushing on the outer layer of nerve tissue that covers the brain or by pressing against pain-sensitive blood vessel walls. Headache resulting from a brain tumor may be periodic or continuous. Typically, it feels like a strong pressure is being applied to the head. The pain is relieved when the tumor is treated by surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy. (Source: excerpt from Headache -- Hope Through Research: NINDS)

What You Need To Know About Brain Tumors: NCI (Excerpt)

The symptoms of brain tumors depend mainly on their size and their location in the brain. Symptoms are caused by damage to vital tissue and by pressure on the brain as the tumor grows within the limited space in the skull. They also may be caused by swelling and a buildup of fluid around the tumor, a condition called edema . Symptoms may also be due to hydrocephalus , which occurs when the tumor blocks the flow of cerebrospinal fluid and causes it to build up in the ventricles. If a brain tumor grows very slowly, its symptoms may appear so gradually that they are overlooked for a long time.

The most frequent symptoms of brain tumors include:

  • Headaches that tend to be worse in the morning and ease during the day,

  • Seizures (convulsions),

  • Nausea or vomiting,

  • Weakness or loss of feeling in the arms or legs,

  • Stumbling or lack of coordination in walking (ataxic gait ),

  • Abnormal eye movements or changes in vision,

  • Drowsiness,

  • Changes in personality or memory, and

  • Changes in speech.

These symptoms may be caused by brain tumors or by other problems. Only a doctor can make a diagnosis. (Source: excerpt from What You Need To Know About Brain Tumors: NCI)

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Brain cancer. This signs and symptoms information for Brain cancer has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Brain cancer signs or Brain cancer symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Brain cancer may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Brain cancer symptoms.


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