What is it?
A benign (non-cancerous) brain tumour is a mass of cells that grows relatively slowly in the brain. It arises from the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Meningiomas tend to stay in one place and don’t spread. It won’t usually come back if all of the tumour can be safely removed during surgery.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms usually depend on how big it is and where it is in the brain. Some slow-growing tumours may not cause any symptoms at first hearing loss Common symptoms include: changes in vision new, persistent headaches seizures (epileptic fits) persistent nausea, vomiting and drowsiness mental or behavioural changes, such as changes in personality weakness or paralysis speech problems hearing loss
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- Avoid radiation exposure. Radiation to the head may increase a person’s risk of developing meningioma. Common sources of radiation that can cause meningioma include accidental exposure to radiation and radiation therapy as a treatment for ringworm on the scalp, called tinea capitis.
- Avoid contact sports, such as rugby and boxing.
- Swimming unsupervised isn’t recommended for about a year after treatment because there’s a risk you could have a seizure while in the water.
- omen may be advised to avoid becoming pregnant for six months or more after treatment.
Things to watch out for
Contact your GP if you develop the symptoms of Meningioma