The brain is the center of thought, memory, emotion, speech,
sensation and motor function. The spinal cord and special
nerves called cranial nerves carry and receive messages
between the brain and the rest of the body. Brain tumors
cause damage because, as they grow, they can interfere with
surrounding cells that serve vital roles in our everyday life.
The Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States
estimates that more than 688,096 persons are living with a
diagnosis of primary brain and central nervous system tumors
in the United States.
An estimated 77,670 new cases of primary benign and
malignant brain and central nervous system tumors are
expected to be diagnosed in the United States in 2017.
Once a cancer diagnosis is made, you will likely talk with your primary care physician along with several cancer specialists to discuss what happens before, during and after treatment.
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