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What are brain cancer symptoms and signs?

Although there are few early signs, the most common symptoms of brain cancer are

  • difficulty walking and/or dizziness,
  • seizures,
  • weakness,
  • headaches.

Other common symptoms are nausea, vomiting, blurry vision, or a change in a person's alertness, mental capacity, memory, speech, or personality; or hallucinations. These symptoms can also occur in people who do not have brain cancer, and none of these symptoms alone or in combination can predict that a person has brain cancer. Cancer can occur in any part of the brain (for example, occipital, frontal, parietal, or temporal lobes, brainstem, or meningeal membranes). A few brain cancers may produce few or no symptoms (for example, some meningeal and pituitary gland tumors).

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Comment from: Gdawg, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 03

I started having increased wobbly balance and that progressed to convulsions and then actually falling. Finally I went to hospital. I had CT scan, MRI, ultrasound, EEG, x-rays, and blood work, and admitted in the ICU. They found mass on back of my head. Malignant.

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Comment from: Mary, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 03

My best friend who is 53 was diagnosed with lung cancer 5 months ago. She went through chemotherapy and radiation. She was waiting to get his lung removed when they found that the cancer had spread to her brain. She has numbness on left side of face, nausea, vomiting and needs a walker due to her inability to keep her balance. It is tearing me up to see this once energetic lady reduced to sitting on the couch not being able to do anything. They have started radiation on her whole brain but she is extremely depressed at the fact she will be like this the rest of her life. As she says it her quality of life is bad, she can't do anything and is a prisoner in her own home because she doesn't want anyone to see her like she is now.

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