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Brain Tumour

A brain tumor is an abnormal growth of cells in the brain or near the brain. Brain tumors can be cancerous or non-cancerous, and may require surgical removal.


About brain tumour

A brain tumour is an abnormal growth of cells within the skull and it can have a significant impact on a person’s physical and mental health. There are many different types of cells within the brain and the type of tumour depends on which cells are affected, resulting in more than 120 types of brain tumours.

Brain tumours can be grouped as primary or secondary brain tumours:
  • Primary brain tumours start in the brain and can be non-cancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant).
  • Secondary brain tumours, also called metastatic brain tumours, are mostly cancerous and start in other parts of the body then spread to the brain.

Cancerous tumours are often fatal because they usually grow fast, can spread to other parts of the brain or spinal cord and may grow back even ​if removed during surgery. Non-cancerous tumours usually grow slowly and generally do not spread to other parts of the brain or body, but they can still be fatal if not removed because they can damage vial parts of the brain as they grow.

Click here to read more about brain tumours on the National Neuroscience Institute’s website, our healthcare partner in Neurosurgery care. ​

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