Join Us! Brain Tumor Awareness Month Guide and Information
, by NCI-CONNECT Staff
Use our guide with resources and information to share with your community about brain tumors in May. By raising awareness, we can help those living with a brain tumor.
Updated April 2023
For Brain Tumor Awareness Month (BTAM) this May, let’s bring together the brain tumor community to raise awareness and educate people living with a brain tumor. Together, our voices can improve care.
Primary central nervous system (CNS) tumors begin in the brain or spinal cord. About 25,000 people are diagnosed each year with a primary CNS cancer. All primary CNS cancers are rare, so oftentimes disease information, support, and expert care are hard to find.
You are encouraged to get involved by sharing information about brain tumors with others beginning in May and continuing all year. We hope to raise awareness about the need for clinical studies to advance care and treatments, and improve the health of those living with this disease.
Brain Tumor Resources
- Learn about brain anatomy and functions, as well as brain tumor symptoms.
- Learn ways to manage brain tumor symptoms.
- Learn how brain tumors are diagnosed and treated.
- Learn how brain tumors are graded and monitored.
- Learn about treatment options for adults with primary brain tumors.
- Learn about treatment options for children with primary brain tumors.
- Use our guiding questions to help at each stage of care.
- Get coping and support resources for each stage of the brain cancer journey.
- Learn positive strategies to manage your self-care.
- Download our symptom management app.
- Read answers from our doctors on frequently asked questions about brain tumors.
- Read stories from patients and caregivers.
- Watch our videos about brain and spine tumors.
- Get statistics related to people living with brain cancer in the United States.
- Watch this NCI video to learn about the different types of brain cancer in children and adults, risk factors, symptoms, and survival trends.
Why We “Go Gray in May”
This May, to bring together the brain tumor community and help encourage those living with a brain tumor, our doctors, nurses, patient care coordinators, researchers, scientists, and administrators are sharing what inspires them to work in neuro-oncology. We are also filling our social media accounts with gray—the color of brain cancer—and sharing artwork, activities, and advice from our patients and their care partners. We encourage you to do the same! When you share your inspiration, please include the #BTAM hashtag.