There are over 120 different types of brain tumors, making treatment more difficult. It is crucial to understand that no two tumors are alike.
There is no known cure.
Each year approximately 200,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor this year.
Traditional treatments, including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, can leave the patient with permanent side effects.
Brain tumors are located at the control center for thought, emotion and movement.
Symptoms of a brain tumor can include headaches, seizures, cognitive or personality changes, eye weakness, nausea or vomiting, vision disturbances, speech disturbances, or memory loss.
Brain tumors are often life-threatening as the survival rates for Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) and All Other Types of Primary Brain Tumors indicate below. GBMs are the most aggressive form of primary brain tumors, accounting for 50% of all primary brain tumors diagnosed.
Brain tumors have no socio-economic boundaries and do not discriminate among gender or ethnicity.
Brain tumors are graded on a scale of 1 – 4. A “1” is the least malignant, and a “4” is the most malignant.
Even a “1” type of tumor, although considered technically benign, can be life-threatening due to location and size.
A glioblastoma, the most malignant type of brain tumor, represents over half of all diagnosed brain tumors.
Astrocytomas, Oligodendrogliomas, ependymomas and all other gliomas can be graded between 1 – 4.
St. Lukes Brain Tumor Center, Kansas City, MO
American Brain Tumor Association
T.H.E. Brain Trust
The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University
The National Institute of Cancer
The Children's Brain Tumor Foundation
The Hospice Network
Brain Tumor Awareness
North Americna Brain Tumor Coalition
Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation
Temodar - Brain Cancer Drug Treatment
Tug McGraw Foundation
National Brain Tumor Foundation
*Only a biopsy can determine what grade a tumor is.
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