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Brain Cancer Symptoms

People with a brain or spinal cord tumour have varying symptoms, depending on where the tumour is located. Sometimes, when a tumour grows slowly, symptoms develop gradually and are hardly noticeable. The symptoms can be similar to other illnesses, such as migraine pain or a stomach bug. Brain tumours and spinal cord tumours may cause weakness or paralysis in parts of the body.

Brain tumours

Other symptoms for brain tumours can include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Difficulty speaking or remembering words
  • Disturbed vision, hearing, smell or taste
  • General irritability or a change in personality – this is sometimes noticed only by family or friends
  • Drowsiness

Spinal cord tumours

Symptoms for spinal cord tumours can include:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Numbness or tingling in the arms or legs
  • Clumsiness or difficulty walking
  • Incontinence (loss of bowel or bladder control).

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