Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Brain Cancer Types

Brain tumors are divided into two main types.

  • Primary brain tumors:
  • Secondary brain tumors:
    • Cancer in another part of the body that spreads to the brain

There are several other factors that are important when judging the severity of a brain tumor:
  • The location of the tumor within the brain
  • The type of brain tissue involved
  • Whether or not the tumor is benign or malignant

Brain Cancer Primary

Brain Cancer Secondary

Secondary brain cancers are cancers that spread to the brain, but originate in other tissues in the body.

Cancers that spread to the brain include:

Continue to Brain Cancer Anatomy

Last Updated: Dec 2, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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