Brain & Spinal Cord Cancers

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Brain & Spinal Cord Cancers Facts

A diagnosis of brain cancer or spinal cord cancer can be very frightening. Whether you are a patient learning about this diagnosis or know someone with this diagnosis, this may be a difficult time for you. With the information below, we hope to provide you with answers to many of your questions.

What are brain and spinal cord cancers?
Brain and spinal cord cancers are a disorganized collection of cells inside the skull or the spinal column that grow out of control and invade surrounding tissue. Together, the brain and spinal cord form the central nervous system. Brain and spinal cord cancers can occur in the central nervous system as primary cancers, or they can “travel” from other parts of the body, like the breast, and form deposits in the brain or spinal cord in what is called a secondary cancer. Many brain cancers are the result of metastasis (spread) of cancer from other places in the body to the brain.


Anatomy of the Brain and Spinal Cord

Learn about the general layout of the parts of brain and spinal cord.

About Brain and Spinal Cord Cancers

Facts about brain and spinal cord cancers and some important terms to know.

Cancer Grades

How doctors evaluate the different grades of brain and spinal cord cancers.

Brain Cancer Types

An overview of the types of cancers of the brain and spinal cord.

Detection and Diagnosis

Techniques doctors use to detect and diagnose brain and spinal cord cancers.

Causes/Risk Factors

We don't know what causes most brain and spinal cord cancers.