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.


the average survival rate for malignant brain tumor patients