Understanding brain tumours

Primary brain tumours are tumours that start in the brain. They can be cancerous (malignant) or not cancerous (benign). Find out how brain tumours are diagnosed, treated and how they might affect your life.

  • What is a brain tumour?

    Brain tumours can be benign (not cancer) or malignant (cancer). Cancer is a disease caused by the abnormal division of cells. This uncontrolled division of cells then forms a tumour.

  • The brain and spinal cord

    The brain controls the body’s functions. It is made of different parts that fulfill very specific tasks.

  • Primary brain tumours

    Primary brain tumours may be benign or malignant. There are several types of brain tumours.

  • Types of brain tumour

    and how they affect different parts of the brain

  • Signs and symptoms of a brain tumour

    Headaches are a common symptom of a brain tumour. Other symptoms depend on where the tumour is in the brain.

  • How brain tumours are treated

    Treatments for brain tumours include surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and also drugs to treat symptoms. You may have a combination of treatments.

  • Secondary brain tumours

    Secondary brain tumours happen when cancer cells spread to the brain from a cancer in another part of the body.

Living with a brain tumour

Tess shares her experience of living with a meningioma, which is a benign type of brain tumour.

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Living with a brain tumour

Tess shares her experience of living with a meningioma, which is a benign type of brain tumour.

About our cancer information videos