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From shaking while drinking a cup of tea to needing a nap in the afternoon: Brain cancer patients reveal the subtle warning signs they ignored

14:05, Sunday, 24 March, 2019
From shaking while drinking a cup of tea to needing a nap in the afternoon: Brain cancer patients reveal the subtle warning signs they ignored

From shaking while drinking a cup of tea to needing a nap in the afternoon, brain-cancer patients have revealed the more subtle 'symptoms' of their disease.

A study of 39 brain cancer sufferers reveals just how slight the signs can be, with many dismissing their poor memory and lack of balance as part of getting older.

Many also worried their doctor would think they were 'silly' if they went to them complaining of feeling 'grumpy' or 'clumsy' with no other symptoms.

And some participants said they hadn't sought help sooner because they were busy working parents with 'other priorities'.

The research was carried out by King’s College London and led by Dr Suzanne Scott, a senior lecturer in health psychology.

The prognosis for brain cancer is poor, with just 40 per cent of patients living more than a year after diagnosis and only 20 per cent surviving five years, the authors wrote in the journal PLOS One.

Despite its seriousness, brain cancer research has poor levels of investment compared to other forms of the disease.

Recent research suggests 39 per cent of brain cancer patients in the UK see their GP three or more times before being referred to a specialist.

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