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Brain & Central Nervous System Cancer

The central nervous system (CNS) is what receives, organizes and sends information through your body. It coordinates every movement and activity. The central nervous system includes your brain and spinal cord.

Brain and CNS cancers occur when abnormal cells form and clump together. Those clumps are benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous) tumors. Unlike in other parts of the body, both types of tumors are dangerous. They can spread through the brain tissue and to the spinal cord, compressing normal tissue and damaging brain matter.

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More Information about Brain and CNS Cancer
For more detailed information about brain and CNS cancer, risk factors, sign and symptoms, common treatment options and more, please explore the resources below:

The National Cancer Institute’s (NIH) detailed booklet on neurologic cancers
The American Cancer Society’s guide to brain cancer

Last Updated: 6/17/14