What is meningioma?

A Meningioma is a type of brain tumour which starts in the meninges, which are the layers of membrane which protect the brain and spinal cord. Most meningiomas are benign.

What causes meningioma?

The cause of Meningioma is unknown. However, people who have had radiation to the head previously and a genetic condition called type two neurofibromatosis are at greater risk. Meningiomas make up 25% of brain tumours.

What are the symptoms of meningioma?

The symptoms of Meningioma depend on the size and placement of the tumour. However, the most common symptoms are:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Seizure
  • Sight issues
  • Changes in personality
  • Confusion.

Are you affected by meningioma?

If you’re affected by meningioma, 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 meningioma, emotional support such as counselling, phone befriending and group therapy and social activities to people with meningioma and their family, friends and carers 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 affected by meningioma

We support carers, friends and family too

Are you a carer for or relative of someone with meningioma? 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 meningioma, 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 Brain Charity’s free public library has a range of resources on meningioma and on many other disability-related issues.

Visit our library to read;

or search the catalogue online here.

Support groups

Meningioma UK

Support groups at The Brain Charity

Are you interested in setting up a meningioma support group, or do you already run one?

Email to let us know.

Alternatively, you can check out our list of related support groups here.

Other charities

Macmillan Cancer support


Helpline: 0808 808 0000

The Brain Tumour Charity

Cancer Research UK