Adult Brain Tumors (PDQ): Treatment - Adult brain tumors are
diseases in which cancer (malignant) cells begin to grow in the tissues
of the brain. The brain controls memory and learning, senses (hearing,
sight, smell, taste, and touch), and emotion. It also controls other
parts of the body, including muscles, organs, and blood vessels.
(National Cancer Institute)
American Brain Tumor Association
- Offers support and information for people living with a brain tumor, with over twenty publications addressing
the different types of tumors, current and research treatments, support groups, and resources for caregivers.
American Brain Tumor Association Kids
- Learn about brain tumors, share thoughts, get coping tips from other kids, or play games.
Anatomy of the Brain -
The brain serves many important functions. It gives meaning to things
that happen in the world surrounding us.
(American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological
Brain and Spinal Cord Cancers of Adults: What Is It?
- PDF/Adobe Acrobat. Brain and Spinal Cord Cancers of Adults: What Is
It? Brain and Spinal Cord Cancer Resource Center.
Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors -- Hope Through Research -
The diagnosis of a brain or spinal cord
tumor often comes as a shock, leaving confusion, uncertainty, fear, or
even anger in its wake. After the diagnosis, a physician's explanation
can fall on ears deafened by this blow.
(National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)
Brain Cancers - Brain cancers account for 15% of pediatric cancers.
Since the brain controls learning, memory, senses (hearing, visual,
smell, taste, touch), emotions, muscles, organs, and blood vessels, the
presentation of symptoms varies accordingly.
Brain Science Foundation
- The Brain Science Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for primary brain tumors and to advancing the
understanding of brain function as it relates to these tumors.
Brain Cancer - MedlinePlus interactive tutorial (Patient Education
Institute) - requires Flash plug-in.
Brain Tumor Trials And
Treatments - The Musella Foundation For Brain Tumor Research is a
501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of
life and survival times for brain tumor patients. We will attempt to
achieve that goal by using computer technology to streamline the flow of
Cancer Trials Support Unit (CTSU)
- "The Cancer Trials Support Unit (CTSU) is an NCI funded program to facilitate participation (by both patients
and physicians) in phase III NCI sponsored Cancer treatment trials."
Center for Gamma Knife
Radiosurgery - Provides information about the treatment of brain tumors and other
neurological conditions using this technique.
Center Watch: Clinical Trials Listing Service
- International listing of clinical research trials; information about physicians and medical centers performing
clinical research and drug therapies newly approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Links for Brain Tumors
- Collection of information in a links format with an emphasis on pediatric conditions.
MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: Primary brain tumor - A brain
tumor is any growth of abnormal cells or uncontrolled proliferation of
cells in the brain. Primary brain tumors involve any such growth that
originates in the brain, rather than spreading to the brain from another
part of the body.
MR Imaging (MRI)-Head - Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses radio
waves and a strong magnetic field rather than x-rays to
provide remarkably clear and detailed pictures of internal organs and
tissues. (American College of Radiology, Radiological Society of North
Neurosurgery site including information on cerebral aneurysms, brain tumors, pituitary tumors, head injury,
spinal disorders, epilepsy surgery and peripheral nerve surgery. (Epworth Hospital, Melbourne, Australia)
The Brain Tumor Society - The Brain Tumor Society provides
access to support and educational materials to brain tumor patients, families, and professionals and supports
research by making grants to clinicians and scientists.
Treatment of Specific Types of Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors -
Detailed Guide: Brain / CNS Tumors in Adults. (American Cancer Society)
Understanding Brain Metastases: A Guide for Patient and Caregiver -
(National Brain Tumor Foundation) - PDF/Adobe Acrobat.