Symptoms of brain tumours

Symptoms of brain tumours may be caused either by the tumour itself or by the impact of pressure caused by swelling in the brain. The location of the tumour, or where the pressure occurs, determines the type of symptoms.

The most common symptoms are headaches and seizures (fits). These symptoms can be caused by many conditions other than brain tumours but it is important to go to your GP as soon as possible, to make sure.

Increased pressure in the brain can cause:+

  • Headaches
  • Seizures (fits)
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Loss of sight or visual disturbances

A tumour in the frontal lobe can cause:+

  • Personality changes, including a lack of inhibitions, irritability and aggression
  • Apathy
  • Problems organising or planning
  • Weakness in part of the face, including loss of sight or speech, or in one side of the body, including difficulty walking
  • Loss of sense of smell

A tumour in the temporal lobe can cause:+

  • Short term memory loss
  • Difficulty finding the right word or forgetting words
  • Seizures occurring in combination with strange feelings, smells or a sense of déjà vu
  • Hearing voices

A tumour in the parietal lobe can cause:+

  • Difficulty speaking and understanding others’ speech
  • Difficulty reading or writing
  • Numbness in part of the body

A tumour in the occipital lobe can cause:+

  • Loss of or problems with sight on one side

A tumour in the cerebellum can cause:+

  • Lack of co-ordination
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Stiff neck
  • Uncontrolled eye movement

These are common symptoms however they are only a guide. If you are concerned about these or any other similar symptoms it is important to rule out a brain tumour as a cause. You can ask your doctor to refer you to The Private Brian Unit for diagnostic tests.