When someone develops a tumor in their brain, the symptoms it may give are typical to a number of other conditions. They include feelings of sickness or vomiting, dull, constant headache and in some cases seizures. Other problems may include dizziness, fatigue, partial paralysis, difficulties with balance, tinnitus, visual disturbance or partial sight loss, double vision, tremor and various other symptoms which might lead to an initial diagnosis of stroke. Tumors can be positioned in different places within the brain and according to where they are they can cause the different symptoms experienced.
Treatment is entirely dependent on the size and position of the tumor. However, it usually consists of surgery, followed by either chemotherapy or radiotherapy or both. Some patient may also be prescribed steroids. These are given to help reduce any swelling in the brain tissues which can cause added problems with sickness and seizures. Malignant brain tumours (grade 4) often have a poor prognosis, little more than a year. Lower grade tumours may result in a good recovery or they may not, however early they are treated. Many will recur and some will progress to grade 4 within a few months or years. Almost all will result in some permanent deficits.