Brain Cancer News

The brain can develop cancer in a few different ways. Cancer that actually begins in the cells of the brain is typically referred to as a primary brain tumor. Cancer can also spread to the brain cells from other parts of the body. When this occurs, it's known as metastatic cancer.

Primary brain tumors usually derive their name from the part of the brain that they infect. For example, an astrocytoma affects brain cells called astrocytes, and a meningioma develops in the meninges portion of the brain. Medulloblastoma, ependymoma and brain stem glioma are other examples of the many different types of brain tumors that can develop.

Symptoms

Symptoms of a brain tumor can often mimic other conditions and may be difficult to identify as brain cancer. Some possibilities for brain cancer symptoms include headache, seizures, vision or hearing loss, difficulty with speech, changes in behavior or even stroke. Because these symptoms frequently overlap with other neurological disorders, a brain scan is usually required to determine the presence of a tumor. A biopsy, in which a sample of tissue is taken in order to look for tumors, is also frequently required to determine the presence of cancer, though sometimes this biopsy is performed at the same time as the treatment of the cancer to minimize the invasiveness of the procedure.

Treatment of Brain Cancer

Possible treatments for brain tumors vary quite a bit based on the size and location of the tumor in the brain, as well as the person's overall health and risk factors. Usually, however, the first step is removal of the tumor, usually through some type of surgical procedure. After that, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or a combination of the two treatments are used to eradicate the cancer from surrounding tissue and hopefully prevent its recurrence.

SOURCES: U.S. National Cancer Institute; National Brain Tumor Society.

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10/27/2017
9/14/2017
FDA OKs First 'Biosimilar' Drug to Fight Cancer

New biologic could help drive down the cost of care, agency says

9/5/2017
Could the Zika Virus Help Battle a Deadly Brain Cancer?

Research is early, but appears promising

8/14/2017
Researchers ID Genes in Mice That Cause Aggressive Brain Cancer

Discovery of triggers that make glioblastoma resistant to chemo offers hope for future treatments, study authors say

8/4/2017
Childhood Cancer Radiation May Cause Unwanted Gene Mutation in Some

That flaw seems to increase risk of a type of brain tumor later in life, researchers report

7/20/2017
Senator McCain Faces a Tough Cancer Foe

The median survival for glioblastoma patients is about 15 months, oncologists say

7/20/2017
Sen. John McCain Has Brain Cancer

Aggressive tumor known as glioblastoma was spotted during procedure to remove blood clot

4/14/2017
Vaccine Targeting Brain Tumors Seems Safe in Study

Combo therapy may also extend survival of glioblastoma patients, but more research needed

4/3/2017
Gene Changes May Put Childhood Cancer Survivors at Risk

1 in 4 kids who lived through cancer developed another cancer by age 45, study finds

4/3/2017
'Electric Cap' Might Help Fight a Deadly Brain Tumor

Study found significant increase in survival 2 years after diagnosis

3/31/2017
Survival Continues to Improve for Most Cancers

Still, more progress is needed and racial disparities remain, U.S. report finds

3/28/2017
High Doses of Vitamin D Fail to Cut Cancer Risk, Study Finds

Taking triple the daily recommendation didn't lower risk in older women, but larger trials are underway

3/15/2017
Seniors With Brain Cancer May Have Better Treatment Option

Chemo plus radiation appears to extend survival of older glioblastoma patients, study says

3/7/2017
Study Casts Doubt on a Brain Cancer's Link to Herpes

Researchers find no evidence of cytomegalovirus in tumor tissue

12/22/2016
Chemo Drug May Combat Serious Brain Tumor After All

Certain glioblastomas respond to anti-angiogenic compounds, study finds

9/16/2016
Childhood Cancer Death Rates Continue to Fall: CDC

Brain cancer supplants leukemia as the leading killer

9/9/2016
Strides Made in Treating Childhood Cancer: Report

But more needs to be done to battle tougher tumors, guard the health of survivors

8/24/2016
Excess Weight Tied to Higher Risk for Many Cancers, Experts Say

International committee finds thinner folks less likely to develop variety of malignancies

6/21/2016
Education and Brain Tumor Risk

Higher levels of education linked to increased risk of brain tumor in new study.

6/21/2016
Brain Tumors More Common in Better Educated, Wealthier Folks: Study

But perhaps it's because they just pay more attention to their health, experts say

6/16/2016
Extensive Surgery Best for an Aggressive Brain Cancer: Study

Although larger procedure carries more risk, odds of longer survival are higher, researchers say

6/15/2016
Novel Brain Cancer Treatment Taps Into Sound Waves

Experimental device seems to help more chemotherapy reach tumors, researchers report

6/1/2016
Brain Cancer Treatment Shows Promise in Early Trial

Injectable virus appears to extend lives of glioblastoma patients

5/27/2016
NIH Experts Cast Doubt on Rat Study Linking Cellphones, Tumors

Rodents exposed to phone radiation actually lived longer than unexposed animals, reviewers point out

5/25/2016
Researchers Find 8 Immune Genes in Aggressive Brain Cancer

Discovery might eventually lead to better treatment for glioblastoma multiforme

5/12/2016
Could Canine Research Offer Clues to Human Brain Cancer?

Scientists identify three genes thought to raise risk for glioma tumors

4/6/2016
Chemo May Prolong Lives of Some Brain Cancer Patients: Study

Those with slow-growing gliomas lived five years longer, on average, than those who got only radiation

2/25/2016
New Cooling Technique Might Aid Brain Surgery: Study

Combined with verbal checks, it allowed surgeons to protect areas where speech occurs

2/24/2016
Laser Unlocks Blood-Brain Barrier for Chemotherapy, Study Shows

Cancer-fighting drugs were able to reach tumors, but the technique still in preliminary stage

2/24/2016
Brain Cancers Both Common and Deadly Among Teens, Young Adults: Report

But types of tumors start to vary as people age, researchers add

2/5/2016
Allergies, Asthma Tied to Lower Risk of Brain Cancer

Researchers found 30 percent lower odds for those with respiratory allergies and eczema

2/1/2016
Newer Treatment May Be Easier on Children With Brain Tumors

Study finds fewer long-term side effects from proton radiotherapy

12/15/2015
Electromagnetic Waves May Help Fight Deadly Brain Cancer

Study found using it alongside follow-up chemo prolonged survival by about five months

12/7/2015
Jimmy Carter's Recovery Highlights Power of New Cancer Treatments

Specialized radiation, immunotherapy drug have removed signs of lesions on former president's brain

11/19/2015
Childhood Cancer Survivors May Suffer Physically, Mentally Decades Later

Long-term effects of powerful treatments merit further study, experts say

10/6/2015
Optune Device Approved for Newly Diagnosed Brain Cancer

Emits electric pulses designed to thwart tumor growth

10/2/2015
Childhood Brain Tumor Survivors May Have Memory Troubles

Study suggests brain has to use different regions than normal to get the job done

9/18/2015
Signs of Brain Tumor May Show in Blood Years Before Diagnosis

Glioma patients appear to have early immune response, study suggests

9/16/2015
Excess Weight Linked to Brain Cancer Risk in Study

And physical activity associated with lower odds of meningioma, though these tumors are considered rare

9/14/2015
Removing All Visible Cancer Is Key to Treating Aggressive Brain Tumors

Study of almost 100 children also finds greater survival rate for girls than boys after surgery

9/3/2015
Treatments for Brain Cancer Take Heavy Toll on the Brain

Brain volume dropped, other structural changes seen in small study

7/13/2015
Young Adult Cancer Survivors More Likely to Be Hospitalized

Study finds rate is twice as high for some cancers

7/1/2015
Patients with Low-Grade Brain Tumors Living Longer

Chemo improvements have likely played a role, researchers say

6/18/2015
Technology May Help Surgeons Tell Brain Cancer From Healthy Tissue

Research shows promise; could be used in humans as soon as this summer, study author says

6/1/2015
Gene Therapy Shows Early Promise Against Deadly Brain Cancer

DNA-modified virus serves as decoy to help target and destroy glioblastoma cells, researchers say

6/1/2015
Targeted Radiation to Treat Brain Tumors May Be Best: Study

Damage to thinking and memory less than with radiation for entire brain, while survival is similar, study finds

3/12/2015
Tetanus Shot Helped Boost Brain Cancer Survival, Small Study Finds

One patient with glioblastoma still alive nine years later

3/9/2015
Privately Insured Brain Tumor Patients May Fare Better

But that's not because they're treated differently, researcher says

2/13/2015
New Techniques Outline Tumors' Location in the Brain

Early trials show promise of scans to help surgeons in the OR, or to track the effect of treatments

1/22/2015
Use of 'the Pill' Tied to Higher Risk for Rare Brain Cancer

But the odds of any one birth control pill user getting the tumor remain extremely small, experts stress