Overview

What Are Tumors of the Brain?

Brain tumors are a mass of abnormal cells in your brain. The tumor may be primary (starting in the brain) or cancer may have spread to the brain (metastatic). All brain tumors are either benign (slow-growing, not cancerous) or malignant (growing quickly, cancerous). Brain tumors can cause serious damage, even if they are benign. The degree of damage depends upon the type, size and location of the tumor.

Related Resources

Lou and Jean Malnati Brain Tumor Institute at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Brain and Spine Tumor Center brochure: Learn about the Brain and Spine Tumor Center at Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital