Brain Cancers


The cells of the brain give rise to a variety of tumour types, foremost among them being the gliomas, a group of invasive and life‐threatening tumours whose incidence has increased since the 1960s. Despite this, the causes of brain tumours remain largely unknown and current cancer therapies serve mainly as a control rather than as a cure for this group of lesions.

Keywords: astrocytoma; ependymoma; glioblastoma; glioma; invasion; metastasis; oligodendroglioma; PNET; tumour suppressor genes

Further Reading

American Brain Tumor Association (2000) American Brain Tumor Association – Resources Research Information [].

Greenberg HS, Chandler WF and Sandler HM (1999) Brain Tumours. New York: Oxford University Press.

Kleihues P and Cavenee WK (eds) (1997) Pathology and Genetics of Tumours of the Nervous System. Lyon, France: International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Pilkington GJ (1994) Tumour cell migration in the central nervous system. Brain Pathology 4: 157–166.

Scott G (2000) brain‐ [http://www.brain‐]

Vinken PJ and Bruyn GW (eds) (1997) Neuro‐oncology part 1: brain tumors, principles of biology, diagnosis and therapy. In: Handbook of Clinical Neurology, vol. 68. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

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Maidment, Stephen L, and Pilkington, GJ(Apr 2001) Brain Cancers. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0001892]