Getting diagnosed

You usually start by seeing your GP if you have symptoms. They examine you and might refer you to a specialist. But some people with a brain tumour have symptoms that are severe and come on quite suddenly. 

You need to go to your local Accident and Emergency (A&E) department if you have severe symptoms such as fits (seizures).

Seeing your GP

Find out what happens when you see your GP and how to get the most out of your appointment.

Referral to a specialist

Your GP should arrange for you to see a specialist if you have symptoms that could be due to a brain or spinal cord tumour. 


Read about what screening means and why there is no screening programme for brain or spinal cord tumours in the UK.


You have tests to diagnose a brain or spinal cord tumour. Some of the tests help your doctor find out how big the tumour is and whether it has spread.

Last reviewed: 
06 Mar 2019
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