Through our work, we aim to raise awareness and funds for brain cancer research while helping those suffering with a brain tumor have a better quality of life.

Facts About Brain Tumors

Each year more than 200,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor. Primary brain tumors comprise approximately 40,000 of these diagnoses. Brain tumors are the leading cause of solid tumor death in children under the age of 20, now surpassing acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). They are the second leading cause of cancer death in male adults ages 20-29 and the fifth leading cause of cancer death in female adults ages 20-39.

Brain Tumor Research

Metastatic brain tumors, cancer that spreads from other parts of the body to the brain, are the most common types of brain tumors. They occur in 10-15% of people with cancer. Primary brain tumors generally do not metastasize to other parts of the body.

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Brain Tumor News Room

What are the risks, symptoms and treatment options for brain tumors and other cancers? Read current medical research and news articles on brain tumor surgery and related information.

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Brain Tumor Types

There are more than 120 types of brain tumors. There are many different types of brain tumors, based on what cells are affected and how they appear under a microscope. Tumors can be classified into four general categories:

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Brain Tumor Symptoms

Brain tumor symptoms tend to be the same as other illnesses. Many times, symptoms don't immediately raise flags that alert a physician to diagnose a brain tumor.  Most primary brain tumors are considered rare, although the rate of incidents is increasing.  Due to the fact many of the symptoms are generalized and mirror other illnesses.  Physicians often don't evaluate patients right off the bat for brain tumors. Physicians generally rule out other, less serious conditions initially.

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How Brain Tumors are Diagnosed

In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, the brain tumor diagnosis process usually involves several steps which can include a neurological exam, CT Scan, MRI Scan, PET Scan, MRS, a biopsy or other tests or procedures:

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Brain Tumor Treatment Options

Brain Tumor Alliance provides patients with information on the latest, most advanced treatment options available for the treatment of brain tumors. Please use this information to help you and your doctor determine which treatment options may work best for your tumor type and location.

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Brain Tumor Centers

The following is a list of brain tumor centers. All brain tumor patients are strongly encouraged to get a second opinion from a brain tumor center.  Many of the brain tumor facilities listed here have cutting edge clinical trials and research available that a normal community or regional hospital may not offer.

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Brain Tumor Clinical Trials

Currently, brain tumor vaccines are showing a bright future in the fight against brain tumors.  Brain Tumor Alliance maintains a list and information on all clinical trials in the United States which are currently enrolling patients.

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Get Involved!

Help play your part in eliminating brain cancer by participating in events, making financial contributions, or by hosting your own fundraiser! Join the alliance and help us to increase brain tumor awareness as we work towards the cure.

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