Brain tumours in children
A brain tumour is a collection of cells that have grown in an uncontrolled way to form a tumour.
Tumours that start in the brain are called primary brain tumours. Cancers that have spread to the brain from somewhere else in the body are called secondary brain tumours, secondary brain cancer or brain metastases. This is rare in children.
Primary tumours can start in any part of the brain or other parts of the central nervous system including the spinal cord.
We know that your child being diagnosed with a brain tumour can be devastating. It's common to feel overwhelmed. This is a guide through the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of a primary brain tumour. We also have information about where you can get support to help you cope.
The information in this section is about children with a brain or spinal cord tumour.