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Types of Brain Tumour

40% of all cancers spread to the brain

There are many types and categories of brain tumour; at Brain Tumour Research we strive to provide accurate and useful information regarding as many of these as possible.

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  • Acoustic neuroma


    A sub-type of schwannoma that occurs in the inner ear, wrapping around the vestibular (auditory) nerve, situated in the inner ear.
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  • Astrocytoma


    Astrocytomas are the most common type of primary glioma brain tumour in both children and adults, occurring as both low and high-grade types of brain tumour.
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  • Atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumour (AT/RT)


    A very rare but fast-growing tumour of the central nervous system which usually occurs in childhood.
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  • Brain stem glioma


    Brain stem glioma grade 4 is an aggressive form of childhood brain cancer. Also known as DIPG or diffuse midline glioma.
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  • Choroid Plexus


    These develop from tissue that lines part of the ventricles (hollow spaces) in the centre of the brain and produces cerebrospinal fluid (CSF fluid).
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  • CNS lymphoma


    The most common site for this tumour is the cerebrum, but it can also spread to other parts of the brain.
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  • Craniopharyngioma


    These tumours develop in an area of the brain called the hypothalamus, which is close to the pituitary gland.
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  • Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG)


    DIPG brain tumour is an aggressive form of childhood brain cancer. Also known as brain stem glioma or diffuse midline glioma.
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  • Diffuse midline glioma


    Diffuse midline glioma is an aggressive form of childhood brain cancer. Also known as DIPG or brain stem glioma.
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  • Ependymoma


    A rare type of glioma that can be found in any part of the brain or spine.
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  • Ganglioglioma


    The combination of neuronal and glial cells makes this a unique subtype of the glioma group of brain tumours.
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  • Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM)


    Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is an aggressive and fast-growing from of brain cancer. It is the most common and dangerous type of primary malignant (high-grade) brain tumour in adults.
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  • Glioma


    Glioma brain tumours develop from damaged glial cells in the brain. Glioma brain tumours vary from low-grade (slow-growing) to high-grade (faster-growing).
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  • Haemangioblastoma


    A tumour that is formed from cells that line the blood vessels, at an early stage of their development.
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  • Medulloblastoma


    Medulloblastoma is the most common malignant brain tumour in children, representing at least 15% of all childhood brain tumours, but can also occur in adults.
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  • Meningioma


    Meningioma is the most common form of adult primary brain tumour, usually low-grade (non-cancerous).
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  • Mixed glioma


    A glioma brain tumour that contains a mix of glial cells including astrocytes, oligodendrocytes and ependymal cells.
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  • Oligodendroglioma


    A type of glioma that develops from cells called oligodendrocytes. More common in adults than children.
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  • Optic nerve / Optic pathway glioma


    An optic nerve glioma is a rare, slow-growing brain tumour that mainly affects children and teenagers.
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  • Pineal region tumours / Pineal gland tumours


    Pineal region tumours form in or around the pineal gland, which is located deep in the centre of the brain.
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  • Pituitary tumours


    The pituitary gland is located just under the brain where it lies in a small hollow in the skull.
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  • Primitive neuroectodermal tumours (PNETs)


    These tumours develop from cells that are left over from development of the body in the womb.
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  • Schwannoma


    Usually a low-grade, benign, slow-growing, non-cancerous brain tumour that develops from schwann cells.
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  • Spinal cord tumours


    On rare occasions, certain types of tumour found in the brain can either spread into the spinal cord or start there. A spinal cord tumour is not always cancerous.
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