What is Brain Cancer?

There are two types of brain tumors, primary and secondary. Primary tumors begin in the brain or spinal cord and secondary tumors begin elsewhere in the body and spread to the brain. Below is a breakdown of the different types of brain cancers and brain tumors.

Primary Brain Tumors

The following are primary brain tumors that start in the brain or around the brain.

Gliomas are a type of primary brain tumor. This type of brain tumor tends to be the fastest growing and starts in the glial cells.

Types of Gliomas:

  • Astrocytomas
  • Brain stem gliomas
  • Ependymomas
  • Oligodendrogliomas
  • Optic nerve gliomas
  • Meningiomas
  • Primary central nervous system lymphomas

Secondary or Metastatic Brain Tumors

Secondary brain tumors are also known as metastatic brain tumors. These are cancers that start in another organ and then travel to the brain. Below are the most common cancers that spread to the brain:

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