What's the relationship between brain cancer and seizures? Do seizures mean brain cancer?

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What's the relationship between brain cancer and seizures? Can seizures be a sign of brain cancer?

Expert Answer

Andrew Putnam, M.D. is a Palliative Care physician at Smilow Cancer Center at Yale New Haven Hospital and Yale University.

One possible cause of seizures is cancer in the brain, either a primary brain cancer or cancer from another part of the bady that has metastasized to the brain.  It is important to tell your doctor if you have a seizure.