My child has a brain tumour
How a brain tumour diagnosis is made
If it has been mentioned to you that your child may have a brain tumour by their GP or A&E doctor, they will be referred to a paediatrician. The doctors will then use a variety of scans and tests to determine whether your child has a brain tumour and, if they do, what type of tumour they have.
It is understandable that you may be worried and stressed when hearing your child needs further tests and what the future holds. When you first hear your child has a brain tumour, you may feel overwhelmed, numb and a range of powerful emotions. These feelings are all normal, and remember, your child’s team wants the best outcome. This page has an overview of the different tests your child may have. There is a lot of information to process here. Remember, you can always pick up the phone to us or email.
We want to be a constant pillar of support for you and your family. We may not have all the answers, but we will try our best to direct you to the best available resources.
Scanxiety is the fear and worry associated with scanning, both before and after a scan and before the results are given. This section discusses some strategies for you and children to manage scanxiety.