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Brain Tumour: Symptoms and Causes

Medically reviewed by Maushmi Sheth
Medically reviewed by Maushmi Sheth

In the United States, about 88,000 brain tumour cases are diagnosed yearly. Like other diseases, it is getting younger, and while the disease used to affect people 40+ years of age, today, the early symptoms of a brain tumour can be detected as early as 30 years of age

The fact is that the first symptoms of a brain tumour resemble fatigue, depression and anxiety disorders. And with complaints of headaches, insomnia and loss of attention, it is usually advised to take a vacation rather than an MRI, especially for people at a young age. 

That’s why it’s so easy to miss the onset of the disease.

How to know if you have a brain tumour? What are the other symptoms, and more importantly, what are the causes of a brain tumour? If you want to know the answers to all of these questions, read our article below and find out everything you need to know about brain tumours.

 

What is a Brain Tumour?

A brain tumour is the formation or growth of abnormal cells in the brain or inside the skull. This problem can be just two types of brain tumours: cancerous and noncancerous. We will look at each of these in more detail later so that you can be better oriented in this direction.

Brain tumours can originate in the brain (primary brain tumours), or cancer can originate in other parts of the body and spread to the brain (secondary or metastatic). Cancerous brain tumours can be fast-growing or slow-growing.

Primary brain tumours account for about 1% of all cancers. Most primary brain tumours are cancerous. They are usually graded on a scale of 1 to 4, with grade 4 being the most aggressive. Tumours that start in the brain are more common than those that spread there.

Cancers that start in another body part and spread to the brain are much more common. They account for 10% to 15% of all brain cancers.

 

General Symptoms of Brain Tumour

The most common early symptom of a brain tumour is a headache. It is important to note that not all headaches are the first symptoms of a brain tumour, but if you experience any of the following symptoms along with a headache, it is recommended that you see a doctor. So, it’s worth thinking about going to the doctor if you feel a headache that:

  • Worsens over time.
  • Wakes you from your sleep.
  • Worsens in the morning.
  • Worsens when you cough, sneeze or bend over.
  • Associated with nausea or vomiting.
  • Accompanies you with dizziness or vertigo.
  • Accompanied by visual problems, such as blurred vision or vision loss.
  • Accompanied by a change in the level of consciousness, such as confusion or drowsiness.

General symptoms of brain tumour

Other symptoms of brain tumours include:

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is essential to see your doctor so they can rule out other causes and determine if you have a brain tumour.

 

Symptoms Based on Tumour Location 

The symptoms of a brain tumour depend on the location of the tumour. The most common areas of the disease are:

Frontal lobe: The frontal lobe controls many essential functions, such as movement, speech, emotions, and behaviour. Tumours in this area can cause problems with these functions. 

Temporal lobe: The temporal lobe controls hearing, memory, and language. If you have a tumour in this part, there will be problems with hearing and speech.

Parietal lobe: The parietal lobe controls sensation and movement. Tumours in this area can cause problems with these functions, such as paralysis of one side of the body.

Occipital lobe: The occipital lobe controls vision. Tumours in this area can cause problems with vision.

Cerebellum: The cerebellum controls balance and coordination. If there is a brain tumour here, it can cause coordination problems.

Brain stem: The brain stem controls many vital functions, such as breathing, heartbeat, and blood pressure. Tumours in this area can cause problems with these functions.

 

Types of Brain Tumour

As we have written before, there are two types of brain tumours: cancerous and noncancerous.

Cancerous brain tumours contain abnormal cells that grow uncontrollably and invade nearby tissue. They can be fast-growing or slow-growing.

Types of brain tumour

Fast-growth brain tumours are highly likely to spread to other parts of the brain or spine. They are also more likely to come back after treatment. Slow-grade brain tumours are less likely to spread and are more likely to be cured by surgery.

Noncancerous brain tumours do not contain cancerous cells. Noncancerous brain tumours can still cause problems because they can press on surrounding areas. The most common type of noncancerous brain tumour is meningioma. Meningiomas are usually slow-growing and usually occur in middle-aged women. Noncancerous brain tumours are generally not life-threatening.

 

What Can Cause a Brain Tumour?

Looking for an answer to what can cause a brain tumour? We are sorry to tell you that the cause of most brain tumours is unknown. However, some risk factors may increase your chances of developing a brain tumour. Risk factors for brain tumours include:

Radiation exposure: Exposure to ionizing radiation, such as X-rays, can increase the risk of developing a brain tumour.

Family history: If you have a family member with a brain tumour, you may be at increased risk.

Age: Brain tumours are more common in older people.

Gender: Brain tumours are more common in women than in men.

Ethnicity: Brain tumours are more common in white people than other races.

 

Bottom Line 

How do you know if you have a brain tumour? You may ponder this question for a long time, but is it worth it? It may be much easier to go straight to qualified doctors who can tell you the diagnosis.

Our Lone Star Neurology clinic is ready to help you right away! We are located in many areas and offer a full range of brain tumour treatments. Our experienced specialists will be happy to provide you with the necessary care and attention. 

Call us today to schedule an appointment!

 

FAQs 

  • What were your first signs of a brain tumour?

The first signs of a brain tumour can vary depending on the location of cancer. Common early symptoms include headaches, seizures, and problems with vision or balance.

  • How serious is a brain tumour?

Brain tumours are severe. They can cause problems with vital functions, such as movement, speech, emotions, and behaviour. Tumours in some regions of the brain can be particularly dangerous.

  • Can brain tumours be cured?

Yes, brain tumours can be cured. However, the chances of a cure depend on the type of tumour, its location, and how early it is detected. Cancerous brain tumours are more challenging to treat than noncancerous brain tumours.

  • Can you live from a brain tumour?

The answer to this question is both yes and no. It all depends on the type of brain tumour and how early it is detected. Cancerous brain tumours are more challenging to treat and are more likely to be fatal. Noncancerous brain tumours are usually slow-growing and can be cured by surgery.

  • Who is likely to get a brain tumour?

There is no definitive answer to this question. However, some risk factors may increase your chances of developing a brain tumour, such as exposure to ionizing radiation, family history of brain tumours, age, gender, and ethnicity.

  • Can you get a brain tumour from stress?

Yes, stress can be a risk factor for developing a brain tumour. However, the exact relationship between stress and brain tumours is not fully understood.

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Edward Medina
Edward Medina
15:34 30 Jun 22
Just such an amazing staff that makes you feel like part of their family. I’ve been going there for over 5 years now... and each visit I get the very best care and treatments that I have ever received in the 20+ years that I’ve been dealing with severe debilitating migraines. Since i started seeing them the number of my migraines has dropped from 15-20 a month to 2-3 every 3 month. I highly recommend them …they will change your life!read more
Daneisha Johnson
Daneisha Johnson
22:20 19 May 22
Dr. Askari was very kind and explained everything so I could understand. The other staff were nice as well. I would... have gave 5 stars but I was a little taken aback when I checked in and had to pay 600.00 upfront. I think that should have been discussed in a appointment confirmation call or email just so I could have been prepared.read more
Jean Cooper
Jean Cooper
16:54 29 Apr 22
I love the office staff they are friendly and very helpful. Dr. JODIE is very caring and understanding to your needs... and wants to help you. I will go back. would recommend Dr. Dr. Jodie to other Patients in a heart beat. The team works well together.read more
Linda M
Linda M
19:40 02 Apr 22
I was obviously stressed, needing to see a neurologist. The staff was so patient and Dr. Ansari was so kind. At one... point he told me to relax, we have time, when I was relaying my history of my condition. That helped ease my stress. I have seen 3 other neurologists and he was the only one who performed any assessment tests on my cognitive and physical skills. At one point I couldn't complete two assessments and got upset and cried. I was told, it's OK. That's why you're here. I was truly impressed, and super pleased with the whole experience!read more
Leslie Durham
Leslie Durham
15:05 01 Apr 22
I've been coming here for about 5 years. The staff are ALWAYS friendly and knowledgeable. The Doctors are the absolute... best!! Jodie Moore is always in such a great mood which is a plus when you are already stressed. Highly recommendedread more
Monica Del Bosque
Monica Del Bosque
14:13 25 Mar 22
Since my first post my thoughts have changed here. It's unfortunate. My doctor and PA were great, but the office staff... is horrible. They never call you back when they say they will, they misinform you, they cause you too much stress wondering what's going on, they don't keep you posted. They never answer the phone. At this point I've left four messages in the last week, and I have sent three messages. Twice from their portal and one direct email. No response. My appointment is on Monday morning at 8:30am, no confirmation on my insurance and what's going on. What the heck is going on, this is ridiculous!I've given up... the stress her office staff has put me through is just not worth it. You can do so much better, please clean house, either change out your office staff, or find a way for them to be more efficient please. You have to do something. This is not how you want to run your practice. It leaves a very bad impression on your business.read more
Ron Buckholz
Ron Buckholz
23:32 23 Mar 22
I was actually pleasantly surprised with this visit! It took me a long time to get the appointment scheduled because no... one answers your phones EVER! After a month, I finally got in, and your staff was warm, friendly, and I was totally impressed! I feel like you will take care of my needs!read more
Steve Nabavi
Steve Nabavi
16:28 16 Mar 22
It was a nice visit. Happy staff doing all they can do to comfort the patients in a very calming environment. You ask... me they are earned a big gold star on the fridge. My only complaint they didn't give me any cookies.read more
Katie Lewis
Katie Lewis
16:10 10 Feb 22
Had very positive appointments with Jodie and Dr. Sheth for my migraine care. Jodie was so fast with the injections and... has so much valuable info. I started to feel light headed during checkout and the staff was SO helpful—giving me a chair, water, and taking me into a private room until I felt better. Highly recommend this practice for migraine patients, they know what they’re doing!!read more
Joshua Martinez
Joshua Martinez
16:02 10 Dec 21
I was scheduled to be checked and just want to say that the staff was fantastic. They were kind and helpful. I was... asked many questions related to what was going on and not once did I feel as though I was being brushed off. The front desk staff was especially great in assisting me. I'm scheduled to go back for a mri and am glad that I'll be going there.read more
Isabel Ivy
Isabel Ivy
21:42 03 Nov 21
I had such a good experience with Lone Star Neurology, Brent my MRI Tech was so awesome and made sure I was very... comfortable during the appointment. He gave me ear plugs, a pillow, leg support and blanket, easiest MRI ever lol 🤣 My 72 hour EEG nurse Amanda was also so awesome. She made sure I was take care of over the 3 days and took her time with the electrodes to make sure it was comfortable for me! Paige was also a huge help in answering all my questions when it came to my test results, and letting me know her honest opinions about how I should go forth with my treatment.read more
Leslie Luce
Leslie Luce
17:37 20 Oct 21
The professionalism and want to help attitude of this office was present from the moment I contacted them. The follow... up and follow through as well as their willingness to find a way to schedule my dad was above and beyond. We visited two offices in the same day with the same experience. I am appreciative of this—we spend a lot of time with doctors and this was top notch start to finish.read more
robert Parker
robert Parker
16:38 16 Apr 21
I love going to this office. The staff is friendly and helpful. The doctor is great. I am getting the best... neurological tests and treatment I have ever had. The only reason I did not give them a 5 star rating is because it is impossible to reach a live person at the office to reschedule appointments. Every time I have tried to get through to the office it says all people are busy and I am sent to a voicemail. If they could get their phone answering fixed, I would give them a strong 5 stars.read more
MaryAnn Hornbaker
MaryAnn Hornbaker
00:26 25 Feb 21
Dr. Harney is an excellent Dr. I found him friendly , personable and thorough. I evidently am an unusual case. ... Therefore he spent a Hugh amount of time educating me. He even gave me literature to further explain my condition and how to follow up. This is something you rarely get from your doctors. So I am more than please with my doctor and his staff.read more
Roger Arguello
Roger Arguello
03:05 29 Jan 21
Always courteous, professional. The staff is very friendly and always work with you to find the best appointment time.... The care team has been great. Always taking the time to listen to your concerns and to find the best treatment.read more
Margaret Rowland
Margaret Rowland
01:12 27 Jan 21
I have been a patient at Lone Star Neurology for several years. Now both my adult daughters also are patients there. I... love Jodie. She is always so prompt whether it is a teleamed call are a visit in the office. She takes the time to explain everything to me and answers all my questions. I am so blessed to have Jodie as my doctor.read more
Susan Miller
Susan Miller
03:01 13 Jan 21
My husband had an accident 5 years ago and Lone Star Neurology has been such a blessing to us with my husbands care.... Jodie Moore is his provider and she is amazing! Jodie is very knowledgeable, caring, and thorough. She takes her time with you, making sure your needs are met and she is happy to answer any questions you may have. Lone Star Neurology’s patients are very lucky to have Jodie providing their care. Thank you Lone Star Neurology and especially Jodie for everything you have done for us. Jodie, you are the best!read more
Windalyn C
Windalyn C
01:32 09 Jan 21
Jodie is wonderful. She is very caring and knowledgeable. I have been to over a dozen neurologists, and none were able... to help me as much as they have here. Thanks!read more
Katie Kordel
Katie Kordel
00:40 09 Jan 21
Jodi Moore, nurse practitioner, is amazing. I have suffered from frequent, debilitating headaches for almost 20 years.... She has provided the best proactive and responsive care I have ever received. My quality of life has been greatly improved by her caring approach and tenacity in finding solutions.read more
Ellie Natsis
Ellie Natsis
15:41 07 Jan 21
I have had the best experience at this neurologist's office! For over a year I have been receiving iv treatments here... each month and my nurse, Bobbie is beyond wonderful!! She's so attentive, knowledgeable, caring, and detail oriented. She makes an otherwise uncomfortable experience much more pleasant and definitely puts me at ease! She also helps me with my insurance,ordering this specialty medication and dealing with the ordering process which is no easy feat.Needless to say, she goes above a beyond in every way and I'm so grateful to this office and to Bobbie for all they do for me!read more
Matt Morris
Matt Morris
15:39 07 Jan 21
Let me start by saying that I have been coming here for years. Due to my autoimmune disease, I am in this office... once every three weeks for multiple hours at a time. The office is very clean and the staff very friendly. My only complaint would be there communication via phone. They aren't the best at responding if you leave a voicemail and expect a call back. I understand that this is prob just due to the sheer number of alls they receive daily. What I can say I like the best about the office are the people. Bobby who handles my infusions is great. I never have any issues with her setting up my infusions. She is very quick to reply to messages sent via text and if she were to leave then my whole opinion of the office may change. I also enjoy people like Matt, Lauren, and Jodi. I appreciate all that they do for me and without this team I'm not sure I would be as happy as I am to visit the office as frequently as I have to. Please ensure that these folks are recognized as they are what makes my visit to this office so tolerable :).read more
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