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Overview

  • Anatomy of the Brain

    The brain is an important organ that controls thought, memory, emotion, touch, motor skills, vision, respiration, and every process that regulates your body.

  • Basics of Brain Tumors

    Brain tumors form in one of two ways: A primary brain tumor starts with an abnormal brain cell and grows in the brain, and a metastatic tumor starts with an abnormal cell from another organ that makes its way into the brain, stays there, and multiplies to form a tumor made of that kind of cell.

  • Brain Tumors: Introduction
  • Skull Base Chordoma

    A chordoma is a form of bone cancer that can occur anywhere along the length of the spine, from the base of the skull to the lower back.

  • Craniopharyngioma

    A craniopharyngioma is a benign tumor that is found near the pituitary gland. This is a structure in the brain that controls the release of many hormones in the body.

  • Rathke Cleft Cysts

    Rathke cleft cysts are non-cancerous fluid-filled growths that develop between the parts of the pituitary gland at the base of the brain. They develop while a fetus is growing in the womb. A Rathke cleft cyst develops from a piece of the fetus’ developing Rathke pouch, which ultimately becomes part of the pituitary gland.

  • Paranasal Sinus Tumors

    A paranasal sinus tumor is a cancer that has grown inside your sinuses, the open spaces behind your nose.

  • Olfactory Neuroblastoma

    An olfactory neuroblastoma often happens on the roof of the nasal cavity. It involves the cribiform plate, which is a bone between the eyes and located deep in the skull.

  • Astrocytoma

    An astrocytoma is a type of brain tumor that develops in astrocytes, the star-shaped cells in the brain that hold nerve cells in place. Astrocytomas are most common in middle-aged men, but they can occur in children, too.

  • Skull Base Rhabdomyosarcoma in Children

    Rhabdomyosarcoma is a type of cancer. It starts in cells that grow into skeletal muscle cells. The cells are called rhabdomyoblasts. Skeletal muscles control all of a person’s voluntary muscle movements. The cancer is most common in children under age 10, but it is rare.

  • Brain Tumor: Risk Factors

    Doctors do not know exactly what causes a brain tumor, although certain factors appear to raise your risk: exposure to radiation or pesticides, an impaired immune system, and a family history of brain tumors.

  • Brain Tumors: Symptoms
  • Brain Tumors: Your Chances for Recovery (Prognosis)
  • Oligodendroglioma in Children

    The brain is part of the central nervous system (CNS). The CNS also includes the spinal cord. A tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue. An oligodendroglioma is a type of CNS tumor called a glioma.