Basic Facts About Brain Tumors

  • Brain tumors are the leading cancer cause of death in children under the age of 20.
  • Approximately 3,000 children are diagnosed with brain tumors in the United States each year.
  • Brain tumors can be malignant or benign, and in either case can be life threatening.
  • Because brain tumors are located at the control center for thought, emotion, and movement, their effects can be devastating.
  • The standard treatments for brain tumors include surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy, used either individually or in combination.
  • Brain tumors in children are different from those in adults and are often treated differently.
  • Enhancing the quality of life of people with brain tumors requires access to quality specialty care, clinical trials, follow-up care, and rehabilitative services.
  • Improving the outlook for children with brain tumors requires research into the causes of and better treatments of brain tumors.



About The Brain Tumor Foundation for Children

Founded in 1983, BTFC was the first nonprofit in the U.S. to focus on brain cancer in children. Our mission is to support patients and their families.
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