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Brain Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, brain tumors are abnormal cells that have grown out of control in the brain. Primary brain tumors originate in the brain and can be either benign or malignant. Metastatic, or secondary brain tumors, are cancerous cells that began in another part of the body and spread to the brain.

Internet Resources

Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute
U.S. News & World Report ranks the neurology and neurosurgery programs at Northwestern eleventh in the nation. This website provides information concerning brain tumors generally, clinical trials, and how to make an appointment. The Brain Tumor Institute is part of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, one of thirteen founding members of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN).

Cancer.Net: Brain Tumor
Excellent cancer information source from the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

MedlinePlus: Brain Cancer
Developed at the National Library of Medicine specifically for consumers, this site has trusted sources of information from both government-sponsored and private organizations.

American Cancer Society
A respected nonprofit organization in the United States, ACS makes resources available to patients, families, and caregivers.

Cancer.gov: Brain Tumors
Provides access to authoritative documents from the National Cancer Institute, including information about treatment, supportive care and clinical trials.

NINDS Brain and Spinal Tumor Information Page
The National Institute of Neurologic Disease and Stroke (NINDS) provides this resource to give a brief overview of tumors, current research priorities and contact information for a variety of support opportunities for both children and adults.


Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Health Learning Center has joined forces with the American Cancer Society’s Patient Navigator Program to provide assistance to patients and families dealing with cancer. To take advantage of this unique service, provided by a licensed clinical social worker, call 312.926.4282.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Brain Tumor Institute has a local support group that meets the 3rd Monday of each month, 5:00-6:00 PM, Galter Pavilion, 21st floor, room 150.

Contact Mary Koludrovic at 312.926.5351.

American Brain Tumor Association
This organization offers resources and support for patients and families dealing with various types of brain tumors in both children and adults. In addition to brain tumor information, the site explains how the brain works and what happens when a brain tumor is found.

Journal Articles

  • Delivery of molecularly targeted therapy to malignant glioma, a disease of the whole brain. Expert Reviews in Molecular Medicine. Agarwal S. et al. 13:e17, 2011.
  • Vaccines for glioblastoma and high-grade glioma. Expert Review of Vaccines. Wheeler CJ, Black ML. 10(6):875–886. June 2011.
  • Meningioma. Understanding this usually benign brain tumor. Mayo Clinic Health Letter. 28(7):4-5. July 2010.
  • Recent advances in therapy of glioblastoma. Archives of Neurology. 67(3):279-83. Clark J et al. March 2010.
  • Management of low-grade glioma. Current Neurology & Neuroscience Reports. Pouratian N et al. 10(3):224-31. May 2010.
  • Understanding brain tumors. Johns Hopkins Medical Letter, Health after 50. 20(9):1-2. November 2008.


  • Everything you need to know about cancer in language you can actually understand. Galsky M. 2010.
  • What to eat during cancer treatment: 100 great-tasting, family-friendly recipes to help you cope. Besser J. 2009.
  • Notes left behind. Desserich B, Desserich K. 2009.

The following resources are available in print in the Health Learning Center or onlineat http://www.nmh.org/nm/health+library+virtual+library.

  • Brain tumors: Gale encyclopedia of Cancer. Longe J. Ed. 2010.


  • Brain
  • Four-section Brain
  • Brainstem model

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Alberto Culver Health Learning Center at 312-926-5465, or e-mail us at HLC@nmh.org.


Last UpdateOctober 30, 2012