Brain tumours in children


If your child experiences the symptoms of a brain tumour, our HCA UK neurosurgeons are able to diagnose and treat them

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Brain tumours are the most common type that develop in children. Primary tumours begin in the brain, whilst secondary growths have spread there from elsewhere in the body. Your child may experience symptoms such as headaches, vomiting or seizures. Whilst this is of course very worrying, our neurosurgeons can diagnose and treat your child.

Need to know

If your child has a brain tumour, they may experience these symptoms:

  • headaches that may be particularly painful in the morning
  • vomiting/nausea
  • seizures (fits)
  • eye problems e.g. blurred vision
  • extreme tiredness/fatigue

Your child's consultant will initially discuss your child's symptoms with you. To identify and diagnose a brain tumour, they may carry out the following tests:

  • CT and/or MRI scan for images of inside your child's brain
  • blood tests
  • biopsy (taking a sample of your child's brain tumour)

Your child's consultant will discuss the best treatment options available for them, depending on the size and location of their brain tumour. These may include:

  • surgical procedures to remove all or most of the tumour
  • chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy to destroy cancerous cells
  • steroid and/or anticonvulsant medication to help reduce and control symptoms of the tumour

Our Brain tumours in children locations

London Neurosurgery Partnership

London Neurosurgery Partnership

78 Harley Street W1G 7HJ London
The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Portland Hospital

The Portland Hospital

205-209 Great Portland Street W1W 5AH London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London
London Bridge Hospital

London Bridge Hospital

27 Tooley Street SE1 2PR London

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.