Brain Tumor Symptoms

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Unfortunately, it is very common for brain tumor patients to experience symptoms associated with their tumor(s) and/or treatment(s).

People with brain tumors often suffer from:

  • Headaches
  • Seizures
  • Sensory (touch) and motor (movement control) loss
  • Deep venous thrombosis (DVT, or blood clot)
  • Hearing loss
  • Vision loss
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Behavioral and cognitive (thinking) changes
  • Endocrine dysfunction (hormone/gland changes)

These symptoms may be associated with the type, size, and/or location of the tumor, as well as the treatments used to manage it. Surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and other treatments all have the potential to generate new symptoms as they work to reduce the impact of the tumor.


This section describes the most common symptoms in people being treated for brain tumors, as well as suggestions for how to manage them.