Brain Tumor Basics
- Currently brain tumors cannot be prevented because their cause is still unknown.
- There are more than 120 different types of brain tumors.
- Brain tumors do not discriminate against age, gender, race, or ethnicity.
- More than 78,000 Americans will be diagnosed with a primary brain tumor this year.
- Nearly 700,000 Americans are living with a brain tumor.
more than 120 different types of brain tumors
lifetime cost of up to $700,000
- Brain tumors have the highest per-patient initial cost of care for any cancer group, with an estimated lifetime cost of up to $700,000.
- Despite the number of brain tumors, and their devastating prognosis, only 4 FDA drugs and one device have been approved to treat brain tumors in the past 30 years.
- Because brain tumors are at the control center for thought, emotion and physical function, they are difficult to treat, and often severely compromise the quality of life.
- There is no existing cure. For many tumor types, surgery and radiation and chemo remain the standard of care to help prolong patients’ lives.
- Brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer-related death among young people ages 0-19, surpassing leukemia.
- The average survival rate for all malignant brain tumor patients is only 34.4%
- 20% – 40% of other cancers such as lung, breast, prostate, kidney, colorectal and melanoma will metastasize to the brain.
- Despite these devastating statistics, only one percent of the National Funds for research are allocated to Brain Cancer.