Brain Tumor and Brain Cancer—Child
A brain tumor is a disease in which cells grow uncontrollably in the brain. Eventually these cells form a mass of tissue called a tumor. If the tumor invades nearby tissue or spreads to other parts of the body it is a malignant tumor. A malignant tumor is also known as cancer. Brain cancer can fall into two categories:
- Primary brain cancer—begins in the brain.
- Secondary or metastatic brain cancer—cancer started somewhere else in the body and spread to the brain. Also known as metastatic tumors.
If the tumor does not invade other tissue it is considered a benign tumor. Although a benign tumor does not spread, it can cause damage by pressing on nearby brain tissue.
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Last reviewedMay 2013by Kari Kassir, MD
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