Brain Tumors

Pediatric Neurosurgery

Brain Tumors

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Brain Tumor

The Pediatric Neurosurgery program at American Family Children's Hospital treats children with brain tumors.

What is a brain tumor?

A brain tumor is an abnormal growth of cells inside the skull in the brain cells, the blood vessels in the brain, the nerves at the back of the brain or the membranes that cover the brain.

Brain Tumor Symptoms

Brain tumor symptoms depend on the size of the tumor and where it is in the brain. General symptoms may include:

  • Recurring headaches
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Feeling drowsy or sluggish
  • Clumsy movements
  • Seizures
  • Weakness or numbness in arms or legs
  • Problems with memory, vision, speech, hearing or concentration

Treating Brain Tumors

  • Surgery: The treatment of brain tumors can be complicated. Surgery is often the first line of treatment with the goal of removing all of the tumor. The most common surgery to remove a brain tumor is a craniotomy.
  • Radiation therapy (X-ray treatment)
  • Chemotherapy
  • Steroids (to reduce swelling)