For Patients and Families

What You Should Know About Brain Tumors


Brain tumors may be benign or malignant, but due to the confined nature of the skull even tumors that are benign may cause problems secondary to increased pressure from a growing mass.

Tumors that arise from brain tissue are referred to as primary brain tumors. Cancer that began in another site of the body and spreads to the brain is termed metastatic. Lung cancer is by far the most common primary site to spread to the brain although nearly all types of cancer have the potential to metastasis to the brain.

Useful Links

Additional information on neuro-oncology and the treatment of tumors of the brain and other areas of the central nervous system is available from the American Brain Tumor Association,National Brain Tumor Foundation, Brain Science Foundation, Society for Neuro-Oncology, National Cancer Institute, National Comprehensive Cancer Network and American Cancer Society.

For more information about the David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Center, call 1-877-577-9800.