What You Need To Know About™ Brain Tumors

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This booklet is about tumors that begin in the brain. These tumors are called primary brain tumors. Cancer that spreads to the brain from another part of the body is different from a primary brain tumor. Learning about medical care for brain tumors can help you take an active part in making choices about your care.

The booklets in the What You Need To Know About™ Cancer series will be retired on June 1, 2018. You can find accurate and up-to-date information about over 100 cancer types in the PDQ® cancer treatment information summaries for patients.

NCI’s Contact Center can help you find information about many types of cancer. Reach our information specialists by phone, chat, or email.

This booklet covers:

  • How brain tumors are diagnosed
  • Treatments for brain tumors, including taking part in cancer treatment research studies
  • Problems that brain tumors might cause and how supportive care can help you feel better

This booklet has lists of questions that may help you talk with your doctor. Many people find it helpful to take a list of questions to a doctor visit.

The information in this booklet was last updated in May 2009.