Primary tumors can be benign or cancerous. In adults, the most common types of brain
tumors are gliomas and meningiomas.
Gliomas are tumors that develop from glial cells. These cells
support the structure of your central nervous system
provide nutrition to your central nervous system
clean cellular waste
break down dead neurons
Gliomas can develop from different types of glial cells.
The types of tumors that begin in glial cells
astrocytic tumors such as astrocytomas, which originate in the cerebrum
oligodendroglial tumors, which are often found in the frontal temporal lobes
glioblastomas, which originate in the supportive brain
tissue and are the most aggressive type
Other primary brain
Other primary brain
pituitary tumors, which are usually benign
pineal gland tumors, which can be benign or malignant
ependymomas, which are usually benign
craniopharyngiomas, which occur mostly in children and are benign but can have clinical symptoms like changes in vision and premature puberty
primary central nervous system (CNS) lymphomas, which are malignant
primary germ cell tumors of the brain, which can be benign or malignant
meningiomas, which originate in the meninges
schwannomas, which originate in cells
that produce the protective cover of your nerves (myelin sheath) called Schwann cells
Most meningiomas and schwannomas occur in people between the ages of 40 and 70. Meningiomas are more common in women than men. Schwannomas occur equally in both men and women. These tumors are usually benign, but they can cause complications because of their size and location. Cancerous meningiomas and schwannomas are rare but can be very aggressive.
tumors make up the majority of brain
cancers. They start in one part of the body and spread, or metastasize, to the brain. The following can metastasize to the brain:
tumors are always malignant. Benign tumors don’t spread from one part of your body to another.
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