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Getting diagnosed

You usually start by seeing your GP. They will ask you about your general health and symptoms and will also examine you. Your doctor will then decide whether to do tests or refer you to a specialist. Some people have symptoms that come on quite suddenly such as a severe headache and drowsiness or a fit (seizure) and need to go straight to an Accident and Emergency (A&E) department. 

Seeing your GP

Find out what happens when you see your GP and how to get the most out of your appointment.

Referral to a specialist

Find out when GPs refer people to see a brain tumour specialist.


Read about screening for brain tumours.

Tests to diagnose

Find out about the tests you might have to diagnose brain and spinal cord tumours.

Other tests

These tests show exactly where the tumour is and how big it is. Not everyone needs all these futher scans or tests.

Last reviewed: 
10 Nov 2015

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