About children's brain tumours

Tumours affecting the brain and central nervous system are the second most common type of children’s cancer in the UK. Around 410 children are diagnosed with these tumours each year in the UK.

Symptoms of brain tumours in children

Brain tumour symptoms can be very similar to those of childhood illnesses. Take your child to the GP if they have any symptoms of a brain tumour.

Tests for a brain tumour

Tests for a children’s brain tumour might include a blood test, CT scan, MRI scan or biopsy.

Types of children's brain tumours

We have some general information about brain tumours that develop in children. And we have detailed information about 3 of the most common types of children's brain tumours.

Grades of children’s brain tumours

Brain tumours are put into groups according to how quickly they are likely to grow. There are 4 groups, called grades 1 to 4.

Treatment for children’s brain tumours

The main treatments for children’s brain and spinal cord tumours are surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

Follow up and late effects

Brain tumours and their treatment can cause physical and mental changes. Understanding about what they might be can help you cope.

Coping with children’s brain tumours

It is essential that parents and other close family have support.

Research into children’s brain tumours

Many children and young people with brain tumours have their treatment as part of a clinical trial.

Last reviewed: 
13 Mar 2019
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