Brain tumour

What is a brain tumour?

A brain tumour is a growth of cells in the brain that may be benign (slow growing, non-cancerous), or malignant (invasive, often grows rapidly and is cancerous). Brain tumours grow in an abnormal, uncontrollable way and each type of tumour has different characteristics.

What causes a brain tumour?

The cause of a brain tumour is generally unknown but the main risk factors are age, exposure to radiation and family history and genetics.

What are the symptoms of brain tumour?

The most common symptoms of brain tumour are:

  • Headaches
  • Seizures
  • Persistently feeling sick, being sick and drowsiness
  • Mental or behavioural changes, such as memory problems and personality changes
  • Progressive weakness or paralysis on one side of the body
  • Vision or speech problems

Although brain tumours are rare, if you or a loved one are experiencing two or more of these symptoms it’s important that you see your GP to rule out a brain tumour.

Are you affected by brain tumour?

If you’re affected by brain tumour, The Brain Charity can support you.

We are the only charity in the UK to be here for every one of the more than 600 different neurological conditions in existence. Individually, many are rare, but combined, they affect 1 in 6 people.

We provide practical help on all aspects of living with a brain tumour, emotional support such as counselling, phone befriending and group therapy and social activities to people with brain tumours from all over the UK from our centre in Liverpool.

Looking to talk to someone?

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Phone us

Contact The Brain Charity now

Our friendly Information & Advice Officers are here to help. We endeavour to respond to all enquiries within 10 working days.

0151 298 2999

Looking to talk to someone?

  • Please tell us which neurological condition you are affected by and what you need support with.

Caring for someone with a brain tumour

We support carers, friends and family too

Are you a carer for or relative of someone with a brain tumour? It’s just as important for you to look after your own physical and mental wellbeing too.

The Brain Charity provides free support for carers, friends and family of people with any form of neurological condition, including brain tumour, from anywhere in the UK.

We also run an additional carers advocacy service for all carers in Liverpool, regardless of which type of condition the person they care for has.

You don’t need to be a formal or registered carer

We can help you even if you don’t view yourself as a formal carer or claim Carer’s Allowance. Find out some of the ways we support carers below.

Other resources

The Brain Charity's library

The library at The Brain Charity has a range of resources on Brain Tumour and on a wide range of disability-related issues.

Visit our library to read Alex’s Journey: The story of a child with a brain tumour

Or search the catalogue online here.

Support groups

Support groups around the UK

The Brain Tumour Charity maintains a list of local support groups which meet throughout the UK.

Read this list of local brain tumour support groups here.

Support group at The Brain Charity

The Liverpool Brain Tumour Support Group is open to patients, their carers and family members.

Meetings are held at The Brain Charity on the final Monday of each month (excluding bank holidays) and aim to provide an open forum where people can talk freely about their experiences.

Online brain tumour support groups

The Brain Tumour Charity’s brain tumour support groups offer a safe online space where you can connect with others who know what you’re going through.

Click here to find an online support group today.

Other charities

The Brain Tumour Charity

Brain Tumour Action

BT Buddies


Phone: 01688 400 687 (9am – 9pm)


Brain Tumour Support

Brain and Spine Foundation

Macmillan Cancer Support