Brain tumor diagnosis can be an involved process, given the complexity of the brain. Several brain tumor tests may be necessary to get an accurate diagnosis, including imaging. At Henry Ford, we have a team of specialized neuro-pathologists, doctors specifically trained to diagnose brain tumors.
If you are seeking a second opinion at the Hermelin Brain Tumor Center, we will review initial test results and may order additional, specialized tests.
Brain tumor symptoms
Sometimes scans done for another reason reveal a possible brain tumor. But people usually come to see us after experiencing symptoms potentially caused by a brain tumor.
The nature, timing and severity of brain tumor symptoms depend on the type of tumor, as well as on its size and location. Brain tumor signs are similar to those associated with a number of other conditions and may include:
- Seizures or convulsions (often an early brain tumor warning sign)
- Headaches (learn more about brain tumor headaches and what brain tumors “feel” like in our brain tumor FAQs)
- Nausea and vomiting
- Difficulty walking or balancing
- Numbness or tingling in arms and legs
- Altered speech, vision or hearing
- Problems with concentration or memory
- Personality or mood changes
Brain Stem tumors may cause serious complications to physical abilities including issues with coordination, muscle weakness on one side of face or body, double vision and difficulty swallowing, speaking and breathing.
Cerebellum tumors may cause dizziness, issues with coordination and uncontrolled eye movements.
Frontal Lobe tumors may cause behavioral and emotional changes, impaired judgement, low motivation or inhibition and memory loss. Some patients may experience speech difficulties.
Occipital Lobe tumors may cause issues with vision loss or visual field cuts.
Parietal Lobe tumors may cause problems with spatial relationships (hand-eye coordination), difficulty speaking, understanding language, reading or writing abilities, loss of feeling in a part of the body and weakness in the arms, hands, legs or feet.
Temporal Lobe tumors may cause difficulty speaking or understanding language, short-term and long-term memory loss.