Symptoms and Signs of Brain Cancer

Doctor's Notes on Brain Cancer

Brain cancer is cancer located inside the brain. It can arise from many different types of brain cells (primary brain cancer). Cancer in the brain is most common when cancers from other parts of the body spread or metastasize to the brain, but these are not considered to be true brain cancers. True brain cancers are those that arise in the brain itself. The cause of brain cancer is not well understood, but genetic and environmental factors are believed to play a role in its development.

Symptoms of brain cancer cam vary. Common symptoms associated with brain cancer include

Other possible signs and symptoms can include

  •  difficulty walking,
  • change in vision,
  • speech disturbances, and
  • changes in mental capacity, behavior, or personality.

Medical Author:
Medically Reviewed on 5/25/2020


Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.