Diagnosis can be difficult
It took some time for Blake to be diagnosed, with numerous visits to the GP before his parents did some research and demanded the MRI scan that was to confirm their worst fears. This is a common story. Most GPs will never before have come across a child with a brain tumour and the symptoms can be similar to many more common childhood illnesses. To help combat this, the HeadSmart
campaign was launched to reduce the time it takes to diagnose children and young people with brain tumours in the UK. The campaign has achieved success in reducing the time to diagnosis by educating healthcare professionals and the public about the symptoms of brain tumours in children and young people. This is important because a prolonged time to diagnosis can be associated with worse outcomes for young patients.