Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Brain Tumor Types

Brain tumors that are non-cancerous, or benign, do not spread to other organs in the body.

Benign brain tumors include:


Brain tumors are often described by their location in the brain:
  • Infratentorial brain tumors:
    • Located in the back one-third of the brain
  • Supratentorial brain tumors:
    • Located in the front two-thirds of the brain.
    • This is the most common location for brain tumors in adults.

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