Nottingham research behind improvements in brain tumour diagnosis

The campaign has raised awareness of brain tumors Credit: PA

The time taken to diagnose brain tumours in children in this country has been slashed thanks to new guidelines from the University of Nottingham.

The guidelines and a national awareness campaign have taken the UK from one of the worst ranking countries in the world to one of the best.

The 'HeadSmart: Be Brain Tumor Aware' campaign has caused average diagnosis times to more than halve, according to an academic paper published in the journal Neuro-Oncology.

Average number of weeks for diagnosis before the campaign began
Average number of weeks for diagnosis two years into the campaign

The campaign is due to be re-launched with a focus on raising awareness further among GPs and teenagers, with the aim of reducing diagnosis time again to hit the national benchmark of four weeks.