Symptoms of brain cancer depend on which part of the brain it affects and which functional system it affects (eg, motor, sensory, language, etc.). For example, a tumor near the optic nerve can cause vision problems. Tumors in the front of the brain can affect concentration and thinking. Tumors in areas that control movement can cause weakness, numbness, or difficulty speaking. Any large tumor can cause many symptoms due to pressure from the mass.
Early signs of brain cancer
Symptoms of brain cancer vary depending on the type, size, and location of the tumor, as well as the patient’s age and medical history, and because they can mimic those caused by other diseases, it is important to consult a specialist for an accurate diagnosis.
The first symptoms of brain cancer are:
Headaches that change depending on the time of day and position of the head and get worse over time
Common symptoms of brain cancer may include:
Nausea and vomiting
Changes in mood or personality
Changes in the menstrual cycle
Impotence or infertility
Overproduction or underproduction of breast milk
Cushing’s syndrome (condition marked by weight gain)
High blood pressure
Some patients may have poor cognition, or may have vision, speech, or coordination problems. Symptoms can be subtle or develop gradually.