Meningioma is the most common type of brain tumour in Singapore, and occurs mostly in those aged 40 to 60. Meningiomas grow on the protective tissue covering the brain and spinal cord, called the meninges.
Most meningiomas are slow-growing and non-cancerous (benign), which means that they do not spread to other parts of the body. However, a large meningioma can put pressure on the brain or spinal cord, irritate nerves and injure blood vessels in the brain, causing damage or disability.
Like other types of brain tumours, the cause of meningiomas is unknown.
Most benign tumours do not show any signs until they are large and increase brain pressure. Signs vary, depending on the tumour’s location.
A Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan can help to determine the size, location and likelihood of the tumour growing.
Small and slow-growing benign tumours without major signs may not need immediate treatment. Periodic brain scans should be done to monitor tumour growth. If the tumour does not grow in size, surgery may not be needed.
If there are new symptoms or signs, consult your attending doctor.
Brain Tumour Society (Singapore) (BTSS)
BTSS is a community of brain tumour patients, caregivers and survivors. The BTSS provides community support and resources such as befrienders, financial assistance and public education. Started by brain cancer survivors, BTSS
meets once a month so that members can share experiences and advice on how to cope with the disease. For more information, visit www.braintumoursociety.org.sg.
Download the Meningiomas brochure.