Brain Cancer

Common Name(s)

Brain Cancer

Brain cancer is when cancer cells divide rapidly in the brain tissue. These cells grow to form a tumor that interferes with important brain functions. These tumors can either be malignant or benign. Benign tumors are noncancerous, because they can only grow locally. While malignant tumors are cancerous, because they can spread to other areas. Cancer cells that develop from brain tissue are called primary brain tumors, while tumors that spread from other regions of the body are called metastatic brain tumors. Brain tumors can be further categorized by their increasing growth rate: Grade I Grade II, Grade III, or Grade IV. Some of the most common symptoms include headaches, nausea and vomiting, changes in ability to talk, see, or hear, and problems with walking, balancing, thinking or memory. Brain cancer is diagnosed by MRI, CT scan, and biopsy tests and often treated with surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.

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Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Brain Cancer" for support, advocacy or research.

Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure

Our Mission: to invest in research aimed at finding the fastest possible route to a cure. We are focused on speeding the pace of research that will lead to new brain tumor therapies and, ultimately, a cure. We take an aggressive, venture funding approach not typically seen in the nonprofit sector. We have an enterprising attitude, we promote scientific collaboration and we're committed to measurable results.

Last Updated: 7 Jan 2013

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National Brain Tumor Society

National Brain Tumor Society is fiercely committed to finding better treatments, and ultimately a cure, for people living with a brain tumor today and anyone who will be diagnosed tomorrow. This means effecting change in the system at all levels. It’s time to build on progress and transform tomorrow, today.

Last Updated: 21 Nov 2014

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Following organizations serve the condition "Brain Cancer" for support, advocacy or research.

Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure

Our Mission: to invest in research aimed at finding the fastest possible route to a cure. We are focused on speeding the pace of research that will lead to new brain tumor therapies and, ultimately, a cure. We take an aggressive, venture funding approach not typically seen in the nonprofit sector. We have an enterprising attitude, we promote scientific collaboration and we're committed to measurable results.

http://www.abc2.org

Last Updated: 7 Jan 2013

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National Brain Tumor Society

National Brain Tumor Society is fiercely committed to finding better treatments, and ultimately a cure, for people living with a brain tumor today and anyone who will be diagnosed tomorrow. This means effecting change in the system at all levels. It’s time to build on progress and transform tomorrow, today.

http://braintumor.org/

Last Updated: 21 Nov 2014

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Brain Cancer" returned 451 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Management of breast cancer brain metastases is moving forward, but new options are still needed.
 

Author(s): Shalu Pahuja, Shannon Puhalla

Journal: Oncology (Williston Park, N.Y.). 2014 Jul;28(7):585, 590-2.

 

Last Updated: 22 Aug 2014

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Approaches for optimal drug development and clinical trial design for breast cancer brain metastasis.
 

Author(s): Marni B Siegel, Amanda E D Van Swearingen, Carey K Anders

Journal: Oncology (Williston Park, N.Y.). 2014 Jul;28(7):579, 584-5.

 

Last Updated: 22 Aug 2014

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Breast cancer brain metastases: one step at a time.
 

Author(s): James B Yu

Journal: Oncology (Williston Park, N.Y.). 2014 Jul;28(7):570.

 

Last Updated: 22 Aug 2014

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Review articles summarize what is currently known about a disease. They discuss research previously published by others.
The terms "Brain Cancer" returned 63 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Updates on the management of breast cancer brain metastases.
 

Author(s): Elgene Lim, Nancy U Lin

Journal: Oncology (Williston Park, N.Y.). 2014 Jul;28(7):572-8.

 

Breast cancer brain metastases (BCBMs) are common in patients with advanced disease. Breast cancer subtype and performance status are the major determinants of the course of the disease and survival time following a diagnosis of brain metastasis. Unique challenges specific to the ...

Last Updated: 26 Aug 2014

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A systematic review of risk factors for brain metastases and value of prophylactic cranial irradiation in non-small cell lung cancer.
 

Author(s): Dian-Shui Sun, Li-Kuan Hu, Ying Cai, Xiao-Mei Li, Lan Ye, Hua-Ying Hou, Cui-Hong Wang, Yu-Hua Jiang

Journal: Asian Pac. J. Cancer Prev.. 2014 ;15(3):1233-9.

 

The incidence of brain metastases (BM) varies in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), calls into question the value of prophylactic cranial irradiation (PCI). It is possible that clinicopathologic characteristics are associated with the development of BM, but these have ...

Last Updated: 10 Mar 2014

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Survival outcomes after whole brain radiation therapy and/or stereotactic radiosurgery for cancer patients with metastatic brain tumors in Korea: a systematic review.
 

Author(s): Min Kyung Hyun, Jin Seub Hwang, Jin Hee Kim, Ji Eun Choi, Sung Young Jung, Jong-Myon Bae

Journal: Asian Pac. J. Cancer Prev.. 2013 ;14(12):7401-7.

 

To compare survival outcomes after whole brain radiation therapy (WBRT), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), and WBRT plus SRS combination therapy in Korea, by performing a quantitative systematic review.

Last Updated: 27 Jan 2014

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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More Complete Removal of Malignant Brain Tumors by Fluorescence-Guided Surgery
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Benign Neoplasms, Brain; Brain Cancer; Brain Neoplasms, Benign; Brain Neoplasms, Malignant; Brain Tumor, Primary; Brain Tumor, Recurrent; Brain Tumors; Intracranial Neoplasms; Neoplasms, Brain; Neoplasms, Intracranial; Primary Brain Neoplasms; Primary Malignant Brain Neoplasms; Primary Malignant Brain Tumors; Gliomas; Glioblastoma

 

Last Updated: 11 Jun 2014

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Dendritic Cell Vaccine Therapy With In Situ Maturation in Pediatric Brain Tumors
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Glioma; Brain Cancer; Brain Tumor; Glioblastoma Multiforme; High Grade Glioma

 

Last Updated: 18 Nov 2014

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Study of a Drug [DCVax®-L] to Treat Newly Diagnosed GBM Brain Cancer
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Glioblastoma Multiforme; Glioblastoma; GBM; Grade IV Astrocytoma; Glioma; Brain Cancer; Brain Tumor

 

Last Updated: 10 Nov 2014

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