Brain Tumor Frequently Asked Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about brain tumors. 

What is a brain tumor?

A brain tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue in the brain or central nervous system that can disrupt proper brain function on occasion. There are two different types. Primary brain tumors start in the brain or a structure of the brain. They may grow into other parts of the brain or into the spine, but rarely to other organs. Metastatic, or secondary, tumors begin in another part of the body, such as the breast or lung, and then spread to the brain. Metastatic tumors are much more common than primary brain tumors and are named by the location where they originate. For example, when lung cancer spreads to the brain, physicians consider it lung cancer in the brain — not brain cancer.

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