Cancer And Brain Tumor Information
This website was created
to help brain cancer patients and their families and friends
with up-to-date information about the disease and what jobs
and chemicals exposure
may have caused the disease. We have the latest information
on brain cancer, its symptoms,
and treatment. We
have also gathered vital information on coping
with the personal and financial effects of this form of cancer,
which is difficult to deal with without the proper preparation.
are two types of brain tumors: primary brain tumors that
originate in the brain and metastatic (secondary) brain tumors
that originate from cancer cells that have migrated from other
parts of the body. Primary brain cancer rarely spreads beyond
the central nervous system, and death results from uncontrolled
tumor growth within the limited space of the skull. Metastatic
brain cancer indicates advanced disease and has a poor prognosis.
Primary brain tumors can be cancerous or noncancerous.
Both types take up space in the brain and may cause serious
symptoms (e.g., vision or hearing loss) and complications
(e.g., stroke). All cancerous brain tumors are life threatening
(malignant) because they have an aggressive and invasive nature.
A noncancerous primary brain tumor is life threatening when
it compromises vital structures (e.g., an artery).
In the United States, the annual incidence of brain cancer
generally is 15-20 cases per 100,000 people. Brain cancer
is the leading cause of cancer-related death in patients younger
than age 35.
As brain cancer is serious, it is very important to seek medical
treatment as soon as possible. The Treatment
Options section describes the different types of treatments
such as surgery, radiation
therapy, or chemotherapy.
In our Financial
Aid section, we discuss how patients and their families
may be helped with medical bills and financial concerns.
Because brain cancer may be linked to chemicals such as vinyl
chloride, PCB or benzene, see our At
Risk Jobs and Vinyl
Chloride Exposure section to find out if you or a loved
one has worked in a job associated with work or environmental
navigate our site, use the links to the left.