Brain and spinal cord tumors are the abnormal growth of cells in the head or neck. They cause a variety of symptoms, such as:

  • Headaches
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Vision, hearing and speech problems
  • Loss of balance
  • Changes in personality or behavior
  • Seizures
  • Increased head size in infants
  • Back pain
  • Pain in the extremeties
  • Changes in bowel and/or urination control
  • Leg weakness
  • Difficulty walking

Treatments depend on the location and type of tumor. Treatment options include:

  • Surgery to remove the tumor
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation