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Warning Signs of a Brain Tumour: What Should Know

Medically reviewed by Sandeep Dhanyamraju
Medically reviewed by Sandeep Dhanyamraju

In all medicine, there is almost no more severe diagnosis than a brain tumour. Knowing and not ignoring possible signs of a brain tumour is a big step toward taking care of your health. There are many types of brain tumours. Some are cancerous (malignant), and some are noncancerous (benign).

There are also many potential symptoms of brain tumours, but one person probably won’t have them all. Also, symptoms vary depending on where the tumour is growing in the brain and how big it is. For example, a frontal lobe tumour’s symptoms will differ from the temporal lobe, but you might not have any symptoms if the tumour is small and noncancerous.

Continue reading as we review some of the most common signs and symptoms associated with brain tumours.

 

Risk Factors of Brain Tumour

There are many possible risk factors for developing brain tumours, but not all are definitively linked to developing these neoplasms. However, some risk factors may increase the likelihood of developing a brain tumour.

Age: Most brain tumours are diagnosed in people over 55.

Gender: Signs of a brain tumour are more common in women than men. But this difference is not too significant.

Family history: A first-degree relative (parent, sibling, or child) with a brain tumour increases your risk somewhat.

Radiation exposure: People exposed to high levels of ionizing radiation, such as from X-rays or nuclear power plants, may show early signs of a brain tumour.

Prior cancer: People with certain cancers, such as Hodgkin’s disease, have an increased risk of developing brain tumours.

 

Warning Signs of a Brain Tumour

There are many possible early signs and symptoms of a brain tumour. However, remember that other conditions can also cause these signs and symptoms. If you have any of the signs or symptoms listed below, make an appointment with your doctor to be examined:

Signs of brain tumor

Headaches: A headache is one of the most common first signs of a brain tumour. It is important to note that not all headaches cause concern. If you are experiencing severe or throbbing headaches that are not relieved by prescription, you should see your doctor.

Vomiting: Many people with brain tumours experience nausea and vomiting. It is often caused by tumour pressure on brain areas that control these functions. If you experience nausea and vomiting that is not relieved by over-the-counter medications, you should see your doctor to determine if you have a brain tumour.

Fatigue: Fatigue is another common symptom of brain tumours. It is often caused by cancer or the treatments used to fight it. If you are experiencing fatigue that is not relieved by rest, you should see your doctor to determine if you have a brain tumour.

Vision changes: Brain tumours can cause changes in your vision. You may experience blurry vision, double vision, or lose your peripheral vision. If you experience any changes in your vision, you should see your doctor to determine if you have a brain tumour.

Speech difficulties: Brain tumours can sometimes cause problems with speech. It can manifest as difficulty understanding others or difficulty speaking for oneself. If you experience speech difficulties, it’s essential to see a doctor.

Seizures: Seizures are another common early symptom of brain tumours. It is often caused by the pressure of the tumour on the parts of the brain that control these functions. If you experience seizures, it’s essential to see a doctor.

 

First Signs of Brain Tumour in Children

If you are worried about your children, it is essential to know that brain tumours in children are relatively rare. However, there are some warning signs and symptoms that may indicate a brain tumour in a child.

 

Headaches Like adults, headaches are a common symptom of brain tumours in children. However, children may experience intermittent or persistent headaches that worsen in the morning. If your child complains to you about frequent headaches, think about it because it may be the first sign of a brain tumour.
Vomiting Nausea and vomiting can also be a warning sign of a brain tumour in children, which means you need to see your doctor.
Behavioural changes Brain tumours can sometimes cause behavioural changes in children. It can manifest as irritability, aggression, or other changes in mood or behaviour. If you have not noticed your child behaving this way, it is best to consult a doctor.
Memory problems Brain tumours can sometimes cause memory problems in children. It may manifest as difficulty remembering recent events or forgetting familiar people or places. For example, if a child has trouble remembering things, this is a symptom of a tumour in the frontal or other lobes.

 

If you notice any of these signs or symptoms in your child, you should see your doctor. While these signs and symptoms may indicate a brain tumour, they can also be caused by other, less severe conditions. Therefore, it is essential to get a proper diagnosis from a medical professional.

 

Read about types of brain tumor in our other article.

 

Areas of the Brain: Structure and Functions

The brain is a complex organ that controls many different functions. To understand the signs and symptoms of brain tumours, it’s essential to have a basic understanding of the structure and function of the brain.

The brain is divided into four main parts: frontal, temporal, occipital, and parietal. Each of these parts has different functions. Let’s see what each part of the brain does:

areas of brain

Frontal Lobe

The frontal lobe is the most significant part of the brain. It is located at the front of the head, just behind the forehead. The frontal lobe controls many vital functions, so symptoms of a frontal lobe tumour can be uncomfortable. What the frontal lobe controls: motor functions, speech, emotions, and memory.

 

Parietal Lobe

What the parietal lobe controls: the parietal lobe is located behind the frontal lobe. It controls some of the same functions as the frontal lobe but also has unique parts: sensation and vision.

 

Temporal Lobe

What the temporal lobe controls: the temporal lobe is located below the frontal and parietal lobes. It is responsible for some of the same functions as these lobes but has some unique functions: hearing, language, or memory.

 

Occipital Lobe

The occipital lobe is located at the back of the brain. It is responsible for vision. It includes the ability to see objects and interpret what we see.

 

When you Should See a Doctor

If you or your child has signs or symptoms of a brain tumour, you should see your doctor. It is essential to do this at the first symptoms because the sooner the disease is detected, the better the chances of successful treatment.

Your doctor will ask you about your signs and symptoms and perform a physical examination. They may also order tests, such as imaging tests or a biopsy. Imaging tests, such as an MRI or CT scan, can help show if there is a tumour in the brain.

 

Bottom Line 

Our Lone Neurology Star clinic offers you the best possible treatment for brain tumours. If you or your loved one is experiencing signs and symptoms of a brain tumour, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. Our specialists will work with you to develop a treatment plan that’s right for you.

Thank you for reading! We hope this article has been helpful in better understanding brain tumours and the signs and symptoms to look out for.

 

FAQs 

  • What are the last stage symptoms of a brain tumour?

The last stage symptoms of brain tumours are coma and death.

  • How does a person act with a brain tumour?

There is no one answer to this question, as every person is different. However, some common signs and symptoms of brain tumours include headaches, vomiting, seizures, and memory problems.

  • When should I be concerned about a brain tumour?

If you or your child has signs or symptoms of a brain tumour, you should see your doctor. It is essential to do this at the first signs and symptoms because the sooner the disease is detected, the better the chances of successful treatment.

  • Can a child have a brain tumour without symptoms?

A child can have a brain tumour without symptoms. However, if signs or symptoms are present, it is essential to see a doctor so the disease can be appropriately diagnosed and treated.

  • At what age do children get brain tumours?

There is no one answer to this question, as brain tumours can occur at any age. However, brain tumours are most common in children under 5 and adults over 55.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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