Many people diagnosed with a brain or spinal cord tumour first go to see their GP because they are feeling unwell. Occasionally a brain tumour will be found during a scan for something unrelated, such as a head injury. Some people with have sudden symptoms (such as loss of consciousness, severe headache or seizure) and go straight to a hospital's emergency department. The doctor will ask you about your symptoms and medical history, and will do a physical examination. You may be referred to have more tests and scans to confirm a diagnosis of a brain or spinal cord tumour. Source: Cancer Council Victoria