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A benign brain tumour is the increased growth of abnormal cells inside the brain or spinal cord. A benign tumour is not cancer. It usually grows slowly and does not spread to other parts of the body. Once removed, these tumours may not come back. But a tumour can cause serious problems if it presses on areas in the brain.
There are many types of benign brain tumours. Treatment depends on tumour type and location in the brain. Your doctor may want to watch a small tumour to see how fast it grows. You may get regular tests to watch the growth of the tumour. Benign brain tumours that cause problems may be treated with radiation, surgery, medicines, or a combination of these treatments.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
Current as of: May 4, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Jimmy Ruiz MD - Hematology, Oncology
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