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Brain tumours are quite complex - at present, over 130 different types of 'high grade' (cancerous) or 'low grade' (non-cancerous) brain tumours are known.

Find key information about brain tumours in adults and children including symptoms, diagnosis and treatments, and read advice on living with, or caring for someone with, a high-grade brain tumour.

Diagnosing brain tumours

Find out how brain tumours are diagnosed including scans, eye tests and biomarker testing.

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Adult brain tumour types

Detailed information about the most common types of adult brain tumour.

About adult brain tumours

Child brain tumour types

Information about the types of brain tumours that occur more commonly in children.

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Clinical trials

Understand what a clinical trial is, how it works and if you may be suitable to take part in one.

Understanding clinical trials

Treating brain tumours

Read about different treatment options including neurosurgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Brain tumour treatments

Navigating the system

Helping you understand how the NHS works, your health team and second opinions.

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Resources

Resources such as books, animations for children and jargon buster to explain medical terms.

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The aim of The Brain Tumour Charity's Family Days is to provide a fun, relaxing, and supportive experience for families affected by a brain tumour. Our Family Days also provide the opportunity for parents and children to meet others experiencing similar difficulties and share their stories.

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My hair is part of my identity, so losing it really affected my confidence.

Read Emeline's story

It was mentioned that the radiotherapy might make me lose my hair, but not how much, as it’s different for everyone.

By session 17, I was half bald, with a ‘reverse monk’ hairstyle. I felt very self-conscious, so took back some control and shaved it all off.

There’s no quick fix to get your confidence back, but you can learn how to accessorise and style yourself. Treat yourself and find ways to make your new look seem purposeful. I bought lots of earrings: dangly, colourful, tasselled – as many colours and styles as I could find!

My friends were very supportive and, if I told them I was having a crisis of confidence, they’d build me back up.

I’ve had so many emotions, but I’ve had the chance to try new styles I wouldn’t have otherwise. Losing your hair will suck, there’s no denying it. But you aren’t alone and there are people you can talk to who understand what it’s like.

Just learn what works for you, trust your instincts and talk to people – that’s the best thing you can do for yourself.

Emeline Gilhooley, diagnosed with a grade 3 brain tumour in 2018 and whose hair has now grown back.

You can find more stories from our community, as well as tips, advice and peer-led support, in ourOnline Support Communities.

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