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Brain tumours in children

Paediatric brain tumours

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

About

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

  • Symptoms of brain tumours in children icon plus

    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
  • Diagnosis icon plus

    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)
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    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
Consultant with patient

Our consultants

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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