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Pain from increased intracranial pressure

As a tumor in the brain grows in size, it may cause pain related to increased pressure inside the skull (increased intracranial pressure).

Many people with tumors in the brain- either starting in the brain or having spread there- experience headaches. They may also have other symptoms including vomiting and problems with thinking straight.

This pain may respond to the usual pain relieving medications, but often it does not. In many cases, corticosteroids may be an effective treatment to reduce swelling around the tumor.

For some people, radiation treatment to the brain itself may help to relieve the pain.

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