Brain cancer diagnosis

Many people diagnosed with a brain or spinal cord tumour first see their general practitioner (GP) because they are feeling unwell. Occasionally, diagnosis of brain tumours or cancer will occur during a scan for something unrelated, such as a head injury. Some people have sudden symptoms (such as loss of consciousness, a severe headache or a seizure) and go directly to the hospital’s emergency department.

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