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Know the Facts and Get Help

When you are diagnosed with a brain tumour there’s an awful lot to learn.

Our aim is to give everyone diagnosed with a brain tumour access to information and resources that will put them back in control.

Malignant gliomas

Most malignant brain tumours develop from the glial tissue, which supports the nerve cells of the brain.

These tumours are known as gliomas.

Gliomas can be separated further, depending on the cells they developed from.

For example:
- an ependymoma develops from the cells that line the cavities in the brain.
- an oligodendroglioma develops from the cells that produce the fatty covering of nerves.
- an astrocytoma develops from cells thought to provide the brain’s framework.

Types of benign brain tumour
There are different types of benign or slow-growing brain tumours, depending on the type of brain cells they have grown from.

Examples are:

Gliomas. These are tumours of the glial tissue, which binds nerve cells and fibres together. Most brain tumours are gliomas.

Meningiomas. These are tumours of the membranes that cover the brain.

Acoustic neuromas.
These tumours grow in the acoustic nerve, which helps to control hearing and balance.

Craniopharyngiomas. These tumours grow near the base of the brain and are most often diagnosed in children, teenagers and young adults.

Haemangiomas. These are tumours of the brain’s blood vessels, which can cause seizures and partial paralysis.

Pituitary adenomas. These are tumours of the pituitary gland (the pea-sized gland below the brain).

Mixed tumours
Mixed brain tumours are made up of two or more different types of tumour, sometimes of different grades.

You will be treated for the most aggressive part of the tumour and your outlook will depend on how much of the tumour is malignant (cancerous), the location of the tumour in your brain and other factors such as your general health.

” Nobody wants to have a brain tumour but we can help make a difference.”