A Primer of Brain Tumors

The ABTA Brain Tumor Primer is presented here as individual chapters in PDF format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, version 5.0 or higher on your computer to see these book chapters. Acrobat is available free at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html.

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  • Parts of the Brain (Chapter 1) These diagrams and descriptions of each part of the brain will help you understand a little more about this fascinating organ. (632KB PDF)
  • Brain Tumor Basics (Chapter 2) Benign or malignant, primary or metastatic, grading or staging? Learn the meaning of the basic terms used to describe brain tumors. (468KB PDF)
  • Facts and Statistics (Chapter 3) Are brain tumors really on the rise? Learn about the trends in the incidence, and prevalence, of these tumors. (495KB PDF)
  • Causes & Risk Factors (Chapter 4) We answer your questions about possible causes, genetics, and the role of heredity in brain tumors. (441KB PDF)
  • Diagnosis & Follow-Up Testing (Chapter 5) Learn more about the neurological exams, scans, and tests used to diagnose these tumors. (486KB PDF)
  • Types of Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors (Chapter 6) Symptom and treatment overviews for over 100 types of brain tumors including glioblastoma multiforme, anaplastic astrocytoma, oligodendroglioma, glioma, medulloblastoma, ependymoma, craniopharyngioma, pituitary adenoma and many more. Note: tumors are listed in alphabetical order. (451KB PDF)
  • Seizures (Chapter 7) A brain tumor can cause seizures. This chapter will help you better understand this symptom, ways to manage seizures, and first aid. (472KB PDF)
  • Comfort & Coping (Chapter 8) "A brain tumor." Once you hear those words, how do you move on? Here are suggestions for starting. (451KB PDF)
  • Questions to Ask (Chapter 9) We offer a list of question to ask your doctor at diagnosis, when you see a specialist, and about insurance coverage. (436KB PDF)

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Last updated October 28, 2011

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