Brain Tumors

Brain tumors are the second most common form of cancer in children after leukemia.

Primary brain tumors are those that start in the brain or spinal cord. They might form completely randomly or form as the result of inherited DNA. This type of tumor generally doesn’t spread outside the brain tissue.

Whatever kind of brain tumor your child might have, know that at Nemours we do whatever it takes to give your child the very best, most compassionate care possible. We’ll be there to help your child and your family every step of the way.

Signs and Symptoms of Brain Tumors in Children

The symptoms of brain tumors in children can vary depending on what kind of tumor is present.

The following symptoms are common in cases of brain tumors
in children:
  • headache
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • irritability
  • drowsiness
  • seizures
  • problems walking
  • trouble breathing
  • slurred speech
  • short-term memory loss
  • personality changes

IMPORTANT NOTE: These symptoms combined or on their own do not mean a child has a brain tumor — any or all of these could be a sign of something else. And not all of these symptoms need to be present to indicate a tumor.