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What is Brain Cancer?
Brain tumors are abnormal growth cells in the brain. Although such growths are popularly called brain tumors, not all brain tumors are cancerous. Cancer is a term specifically reserved for malignant tumors. Malignant tumors can grow and spread aggressively, overpowering healthy cells. They can spread throughout the body. Tumors that do not spread to invade nearby tissue are called benign.
Some brain cancers occur when one type of cell transforms from its normal characteristics. Once transformed, the cells grow and multiply in abnormal ways. As these abnormal cells grow, they become a mass, or tumor. A brain tumor that results is called primary brain tumors because they originate in the brain. The most common primary brain tumors are gliomas, meningiomas, pituitary adenomas, vestibular schwannomas, and primitive neuroelectrical tumors (medulloblastomas). The term “glioma” includes glioblastomas, astrocytomas, oligodendrogliomas, and ependymomas. Most of these are named after the part of the brain or the type of brain cell from which these abnormal cells originate.