What are brain tumours?

Primary brain tumours are tumours that start in the brain. Find out what is a primary brain tumour and how common it is.

The brain and spinal cord

To understand brain tumours it helps to know about the different parts of the brain and spinal cord.

Brain Tumour Symptoms

Find out about possible symptoms of a brain tumour and when to see your doctor.

Risks and causes of brain tumours

There are some factors that increase your risk of developing a brain tumour.

Grades of brain and spinal cord tumours

Find out about the grades and the differences between benign and malignant brain tumours.

Types of brain tumours

There are many different types of brain tumours. They are usually named after the type of cell they develop from. 


Survival depends on different factors such as the type and grade of the tumour. Find out about survival for the different types of brain tumours. 

Getting diagnosed

Find out about seeing your GP, referral to a specialist and the tests you might have to diagnose a brain or spinal cord tumour. 


Treatment for a brain or spinal cord tumour depends on the type of tumour you have, where it is and your general health. 

Research and clinical trials

Find out about the latest UK research looking at brain tumours. 

Living with a brain tumour

Find out what you can do, who can help and how to cope with a brain and spinal cord tumours.

Last reviewed: 
24 Oct 2019
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