Brain tumours are isolated within coverings of the nervous system and even malignant tumours spread rarely. Both malignant and benign tumours often first produce symptoms by pressing upon adjacent healthy tissue or disrupting the function in the tissue where they grow. The symptoms which most often bring a brain tumour to attention are:
The coverings of the nervous system also form part of a barrier- the Blood Brain Barrier- and this barrier limits access for drugs in the blood stream making these tumours particularly resistant to drug therapies. The role of surgery is two-fold. Firstly to provide a sample of the tumour which may definitively identify it and direct further treatment. Secondly if the tumour can be safely removed this may provide the most effective control of its growth if indeed it cannot be removed permanently. Treatment decisions are made in the context of a multidisciplinary meeting where the expertise of neuro-oncologists, radiologists and neuropathologists may be drawn upon.
The menu bar at the top of this section contains links containing information about the commonest nervous system tumours we encounter. If you require further information please do not hesitate to contact us. Certain tumour sub-types should be directed towards specialist services and we will be happy to advise as to appropriate referral.