Are there different types of brain tumors?

Brain tumors occur when cells grow abnormally in the tissues of the brain. These growths can be either benign or malignant.

Benign tumors usually have clear borders, grow slowly and do not spread to other tissue. Malignant tumors are cancerous growths that can grow rapidly and spread to other parts of the brain or spinal cord.

Tumors that start in the brain are called primary brain tumors. There are more than 120 different types of primary tumors of the brain or central nervous system, but primary brain tumors are a rare form of cancer.

For more information contact Courtney Britton, librarian at Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, at (225) 927-2273, cbritton@cancerservices.org, or visit the Education Center at 550 Lobdell Ave., Baton Rouge.

ä Internet Resources:

Brain Tumor – NCI

cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/brain

National Brain Tumor Society

braintumor.org

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