These primary brain tumors grow in the meninges, the thin layers of protective tissue that cover the brain and spinal cord. They are usually noncancerous, slow growing and do not often spread to other parts of the body. They usually do not grow into the brain, but instead push on the brain as they get larger.

The many types of brain tumors are divided into two categories: primary tumors and metastatic tumors. Primary tumors start within your brain whereas metastatic tumors start somewhere else and travel to your brain. Metastatic tumors always cancerous while a primary tumor can be noncancerous.

The cause of Meningiomas brain tumors is not fully understood and could be linked to genetics, environment, or a combination of factors. They are more common in women and are at a higher risk if you have had radiation treatment involving your head.


Symptoms include headache, hearing loss, and changes in vision. Memory loss, lack of smell weakness in limbs, and seizures are also associated with meningiomas.


Treatment isn’t always immediately; however, if the tumor is aggressive, or if it is causing harmful symptoms, surgery, radiation therapy or medications could be the best course of action.

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