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Brain Tumors

Summary

A brain tumor is a growth of abnormal cells in the tissues of the brain. Brain tumors can be benign, with no cancer cells, or malignant, with cancer cells that grow quickly. Some are primary brain tumors, which start in the brain. Others are metastatic, and they start somewhere else in the body and move to the brain.

Brain tumors can cause many symptoms. Some of the most common are

  • Headaches, often in the morning
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Changes in your ability to talk, hear, or see
  • Problems with balance or walking
  • Problems with thinking or memory
  • Feeling weak or sleepy
  • Changes in your mood or behavior
  • Seizures

Doctors diagnose brain tumors by doing a neurologic exam and tests including an MRI, CT scan, and biopsy. Treatment options include watchful waiting, surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy. Targeted therapy uses substances that attack cancer cells without harming normal cells. Many people get a combination of treatments.

NIH: National Cancer Institute

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  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)
  • (National Brain Tumor Society)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Cancer Institute)

Symptoms

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Diagnosis and Tests

  • (American Brain Tumor Association)
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  • (American College of Radiology, Radiological Society of North America) - PDF Also in

Prevention and Risk Factors

  • (American Brain Tumor Association)

Treatments and Therapies

  • (American Brain Tumor Association)
  • (American Brain Tumor Association)
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  • (American Brain Tumor Association)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Cancer Institute)
  • (American Brain Tumor Association)
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  • (American Brain Tumor Association)
  • (American Brain Tumor Association) - PDF

Living With

  • (American Brain Tumor Association) - PDF
  • (American Brain Tumor Association)

Related Issues

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  • (International Radiosurgery Support Association)
  • (American Brain Tumor Association)

Specifics

  • (American Brain Tumor Association)
  • (American Brain Tumor Association)
  • (American Brain Tumor Association)
  • (American Brain Tumor Association)
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  • (American Brain Tumor Association)
  • (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
  • (American Brain Tumor Association) - PDF
  • (American Brain Tumor Association)
  • (American Brain Tumor Association)
  • (National Brain Tumor Society)

Genetics

  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine)

Images

Videos and Tutorials

  • Video (BroadcastMed) - Methodist University Hospital Memphis, TN, 4/21/2009
  • Brain components Video (Medical Encyclopedia) Also in Spanish
  • Video (BroadcastMed) - Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Norfolk, VA, 5/08/2008

Statistics and Research

  • (American Brain Tumor Association)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Cancer Institute)
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Clinical Trials

  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)

Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)

Reference Desk

  • (American Brain Tumor Association)
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Find an Expert

  • (American Society of Clinical Oncology)
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