Brain Cancer

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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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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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Cancer Hope Network

To provide one-on-one support to people undergoing treatment for cancer and to their families. We provide this support by training individuals who have recovered from cancer and matching them with cancer patients currently undergoing a similar experience. Through this matching process, we strive to instill hope and to make a difference in their fight against cancer.

Last Updated: 29 Jul 2015

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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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Cancer Hope Network

To provide one-on-one support to people undergoing treatment for cancer and to their families. We provide this support by training individuals who have recovered from cancer and matching them with cancer patients currently undergoing a similar experience. Through this matching process, we strive to instill hope and to make a difference in their fight against cancer.

http://www.CancerHopeNetwork.org

Last Updated: 29 Jul 2015

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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 514 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Five-year relative survival rate of brain and other nervous system cancer in the USA, Europe and Japan.
 

Author(s): Kumiko Saika, Ryoko Machii

Journal: Jpn. J. Clin. Oncol.. 2015 Mar;45(3):313-4.

 

Last Updated: 26 Feb 2015

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Preliminary study of brain glucose metabolism changes in patients with lung cancer of different histological types.
 

Author(s): Wei-Ling Li, Chang Fu, Ang Xuan, Da-Peng Shi, Yong-Ju Gao, Jie Zhang, Jun-Ling Xu

Journal: Chin. Med. J.. 2015 Feb;128(3):301-4.

 

Cerebral glucose metabolism changes are always observed in patients suffering from malignant tumors. This preliminary study aimed to investigate the brain glucose metabolism changes in patients with lung cancer of different histological types.

Last Updated: 31 Jan 2015

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Efficacy of surgical treatment for brain metastasis in patients with non-small cell lung cancer.
 

Author(s): Sang Young Kim, Chang Ki Hong, Tae Hoon Kim, Je Beom Hong, Chul Hwan Park, Yoon Soo Chang, Hyung Jung Kim, Chul Min Ahn, Min Kwang Byun

Journal: Yonsei Med. J.. 2015 Jan;56(1):103-11.

 

Patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and simultaneously having brain metastases at the initial diagnosis, presenting symptoms related brain metastasis, survived shorter duration and showed poor quality of life. We analyzed our experiences on surgical treatment of brain ...

Last Updated: 16 Dec 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 72 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[Research progress of targeted therapy in non-small cell lung cancer brain metastases].
 

Author(s): Tao Jiang, Caicun Zhou

Journal: Zhongguo Fei Ai Za Zhi. 2014 Nov;17(11):824-8.

 

Lung cancer is characterized by the highest incidence of solid tumor-related brain metastases, which are reported the incidence ranged 20% to 65%. This is also one of the reasons why it can cause significant mortality. Molecular targeted therapy plays a major role in the management ...

Last Updated: 18 Nov 2014

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Brain metastases in breast cancer.
 

Author(s): Naoki Niikura, Shigehira Saji, Yutaka Tokuda, Hiroji Iwata

Journal: Jpn. J. Clin. Oncol.. 2014 Dec;44(12):1133-40.

 

Brain metastases are less common than bone or visceral metastases in patients with breast cancer. The overall prognosis of breast cancer patients with brain metastases remains poor, and these metastases are less responsive to systemic therapies. Brain metastasis is associated with ...

Last Updated: 26 Nov 2014

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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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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: 2 Jun 2015

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1 Week Versus 6 Weeks of Levetiracetam in Surgical Brain Tumor Patients
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Brain Neoplasms; Brain Cancer; Brain Tumors; Cancer of the Brain; Cancer of Brain; Seizure

 

Last Updated: 19 Aug 2015

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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: 14 Jul 2015

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