While it is a great relief to know your brain tumor is benign, it should still be treated as soon as possible. It will grow slowly and can cause damage to brain structures.


Symptoms of a Benign Brain Tumor

  • New onset or change in pattern of headaches
  • Headaches that gradually become more frequent and more severe
  • Headaches that are worse when you wake up in the morning
  • Unexplained nausea or vomiting
  • Vision problems, such as blurred vision, double vision or loss of peripheral vision
  • Gradual loss of sensation or movement in an arm or a leg
  • Difficulty with balance
  • Speech difficulties
  • Feeling very tired
  • Confusion in everyday matters
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Inability to follow simple commands
  • Personality or behavior changes
  • Seizures, especially in someone who doesn’t have a history of seizures
  • Hearing problems

Common Types of Benign Brain Tumors

Meningioma – tumors that form in the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord

Pituitary Adenoma – tumors in the pituitary gland

Low Grade Brain Tumors – there are some tumors that arise in the brain that can be surgically resected, and monitored. These include:

  • Pilocytic Astrocytoma
  • Hemangioblastoma
  • Acoustic Neuroma/Schwannoma
  • Gangliocytoma
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Treatments for Benign Brain Tumors

  • Surgery
  • Surveillance
  • Radiation Therapy
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Benign brain tumors are usually addressed with an open craniotomy for resection of the tumor.

Some benign brain tumors are followed with serial imaging to assess for growth or stability of the tumor.

There are certain benign brain tumors that may still need radiation therapy, either after surgery or as the initial treatment. The goal of radiation is to shrink the tumor or prevent growth of the tumor.

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