Patient guide to brain tumours and epilepsy

Epilepsy (seizures) and brain tumours Epileptic seizures are the most common first (or ‘onset’) symptom that leads to a brain tumour diagnosis in adults.

Many other people with brain tumours develop epilepsy later during the course of their illness. Around 60% of brain tumour patients will experience a seizure at least once.

A seizure can be a disturbing, frightening event, particularly the first time you have one, both for you and those around you. The diagnosis of epilepsy (more than one seizure) can take time to get used to and lead to a whole range of emotions as well as having a strong impact on the quality of your life.

This fact sheet gives information about epilepsy resulting from a brain tumour, to help you understand and manage it.

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