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According to the American Cancer Society, brain tumors are masses of abnormal cells that have grown out of control in the brain. Primary brain tumors involve any such growth that originates in the brain, rather than spreading to the brain from another part of the body. Metastatic, or secondary brain tumors, are masses of cancerous cells that began in another part of the body and spread to the brain.

Internet Resources Books (General) Journal Articles Support

Internet Resources

American Brain Tumor Association
This organization offers excellent resources and support for patients and families dealing with various types of brain tumors in both children and adults. In addition to brain tumor information, the site explains how the brain works and what happens when a brain tumor is found. Choices in treatment and information about specific types of tumors are also provided. Excellent pamphlets can be ordered from ABTA.
American Cancer Society
One of the most respected of all nonprofit organizations in the United States, ACS makes outstanding resources available to patients, families, and caregivers.
Cancer.gov: Brain Tumors
Provides access to authoritative documents from the National Cancer Institute, including information about treatment, supportive care and clinical trials.
MedlinePlus: Brain Cancer
Developed at the National Library of Medicine, specifically for consumers, this site is a portal for both government-sponsored and privately developed health information for the lay public. Look for links to familiar places like the National Institutes of Health.
National Brain Tumor Foundation (NBTF)
The NBTF is a national not-for-profit health organization dedicated to providing information and support for brain tumor patients, family members and healthcare professionals. The Web site also includes an interactive brain anatomy page.
Neuro-Oncology Branch of NIH
The Neuro-Oncology Branch is a trans-institute program of the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It is dedicated to the development of novel experimental therapeutics for children and adults with tumors of the central nervous system.
NINDS Brain and Spinal Tumor Information Page
The National Institute of Neurologic Disease and Stroke (NINDS) provides this resource to give a brief overview of tumors, current research priorities and contact information for a variety of support opportunities for both children and adults.

Books (General)

100 Questions and Answers about Brain Tumors. Stark-Vance V. 2004.
Choices. Morra M. 2003.
Everyone's Guide to Cancer Therapy. Dollinger M. 2002.
Human Diseases and Conditions. Izenberg N. 2000.
The following resources are available in print in the Health Learning Center or online at http://www.nmh.org/nmh/hlc/main.htm
Brain Tumors: Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer 2. v.1: 158-160. Longe J. Ed. 2006.
Brain Tumors: Gale Encyclopedia of Neurological Disorders 2. v. 1: 176-180. Chamberlin S., Ed. 2005.

Journal Articles

"Battling Brain Cancer. " Time 171(22):52. Gupta S. June 2, 2008.
"Innovation in the Management of Brain Metastases. Oncology (Huntington)." 21(4):473-81; discussion 482, 484, 489. Rao R., et al. April 2007.
"Glioma Therapy in Adults. Neurologist." 12(6):279-92. Norden A., et al. November 2006.
"Medical Management of Patients with Brain Tumors. Journal of Neuro-Oncology." 80(3):313-32. Wen P., et al. December 2006.
"New Approaches to Primary Brain Tumor Treatment. Anti-Cancer Drugs." 17(9):1003-16. Sathornsumetee S., et al. October 2006.
"New Weapons against Brain Tumors. Emerging Techniques from Multi-national Research Curb the Growth of Brain Tumors." Health News 13(10):5. October 2007.
"Radiation to Shrink Brain Tumor Improves Cognitive Function. " Health News 12(2):2. February 2006.
"Understanding Brain Tumors. " Johns Hopkins Medical Letter, Health After 50. 20(9):1-2. November 2008.

Support

Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Health Learning Center has joined forces with the American Cancer Society's Patient Navigator Program to provide assistance to patients and families dealing with cancer. To take advantage of this unique service, provided by a licensed clinical social worker, call 312-926-4282.

American Brain Tumor Association
This organization offers excellent resources and support for patients and families dealing with various types of brain tumors in both children and adults. In addition to brain tumor information, the site explains how the brain works and what happens when a brain tumor is found. Choices in treatment and information about specific types of tumors are also provided. Excellent pamphlets can be ordered from ABTA.

National Brain Tumor Society
The NBTF is a national not-for-profit health organization dedicated to providing information and support for brain tumor patients, family members and healthcare professionals. The Web site also includes an interactive brain anatomy page.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Health Learning Center at 312.926.5465, the Alberto Culver Women's Health Learning Center at 312.472.3640, or e-mail us at HLC@nmh.org.