Brain Tumor Support

Brain Tumor Support

Victims and Their Families Yearn for Information

 

About 612,000 people in the U.S are living with the diagnosis of a primary brain (malignant or non-malignant) or central nervous system tumor.1 The American Brain Tumor Association estimates about 64,530 men, women and children were newly diagnosed in 2011 with a primary brain tumor. This includes both malignant (24,070) and non-malignant (40,470) brain tumors.

 

Based on these statistics, you likely know a family member, friend, work associate or acquaintance who has battled a brain tumor. Those brain tumor victims and their families yearn for information to educate themselves, to understand treatment and to cope.

 

Footnote

1. Central Brain Tumor Registry of the U.S., Statistical Report, Nov. 2010

Brain Tumor Information

A brain tumor, malignant or benign, is a mass or growth of tissue in the brain or inside the skull.

Types of Brain Tumors

Primary brain tumors are named according to the type of cells or by the part of the brain where it originates.

Brain Tumor Diagnosis

Based on initial physical exam findings and other factors — age, medical condition, the type of cancer suspected and severity of symptoms — one or more diagnostic test will be performed.

Patient Rights

The Patient's Bill of Rights, adopted in 1998, helps patients have more confidence in the U.S. health-care system, stresses the importance of a strong relationship between patients and providers, and stresses the role patients play in staying healthy by laying out rights and responsibilities for all patients and health-care providers.

Brain Tumor Support Groups

A cancer diagnosis can be a daunting experience for a person and its family. However, several highly regarded resources provide information, education and advice to help meet the challenge and cope with each step in the battle.

Educational Resources

Understanding all aspects of brain tumors and the disease better prepares the patient during his or her challenges.

Brain Tumor Treatment

Brain tumor treatment depends on diagnostic test results; tumor size, position and growth pattern, the patient's medical condition and health history; and the patient and family wishes.

Brain Tumor Symptoms and Grades

Headaches, nausea, seizures and personality changes are just a few of the symptoms. Also the grade of a tumor refers to the way cells look under a microscope.