Symptoms of Brain Tumors

Symptoms of a brain tumor can vary greatly. They depend on the size and location of the tumor, as well as the way the tumor grows.

These can be divided into localizable and non-localizable symptoms. Localizable symptoms are due to the specific part of the brain which is being affected. Non-localizable symptoms are often due to increased pressure in the brain.

Non-localizable symptoms (not limited to a certain part of the body)

  • Headache, usually worse in the morning
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Double vision
  • Sleepiness/somnolence

Localizable symptoms (limited to a certain part of the body)

  • Dizziness
  • Trouble thinking, remembering or talking
  • Changes in speech, vision, hearing or personality
  • Paralysis, numbness or weakness in one part or on one side of the body
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Problems with balance or walking

Note that if you have these symptoms, it does not necessarily mean you have a brain tumor. These symptoms are often caused by other health conditions. If you have symptoms that concern you, talk with your physician.

Related Resources

Lou and Jean Malnati Brain Tumor Institute at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Brain and Spine Tumor Center brochure: Learn about the Brain and Spine Tumor Center at Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital