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Brain tumour, malignant (cancerous)

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Introduction
A malignant brain tumour is a fast-growing cancer that spreads to other areas of the brain and spine.
Symptoms of a malignant brain tumour
A high-grade (malignant) brain tumour causes symptoms either by putting pressure on the brain or preventing an area of the brain from functioning.
Causes of a malignant brain tumour
Most malignant brain tumours are caused by a cancer that started somewhere else in the body.
Diagnosing a malignant brain tumour
If you develop the symptoms of a brain tumour, such as a persistent and severe headache, see your GP.
Treating a malignant brain tumour
If you have a malignant brain tumour, you'll usually need surgery to remove as much of the tumour as possible. Radiotherapy, chemotherapy or both are then used to treat any remaining tumour tissue.
Recovering from a malignant brain tumour
After being treated for a high-grade brain tumour, you may be offered physiotherapy, speech therapy or occupational therapy. These therapies can speed up your recovery.
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