Brain Tumour Facts

10 Facts About Brain TumoursEvery day, 27 Canadians are diagnosed with a brain tumour
 

It is estimated that 55,000 Canadians are surviving with a brain tumour
 

There are over 120 different types of brain tumours, making effective treatment very complicated.
 

Primary brain tumours (originating in the brain) occur in 8 out of 100,000 people. This number rises to approximately 32 per 100,000 when metastatic tumours (cancer originating in other areas of the body that has spread to the brain) are included.
 

In the first year after diagnosis it is estimated the average patient will make 52 visits to their health care team (could include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, blood work etc.)
 

A brain tumour is a growth of abnormal cells that are either within or around the structure of the brain.
 

The most common type of primary malignant brain tumour is glioblastoma multiforme. Average survival, even with aggressive treatment, is less than one year.
 

Metastatic brain tumours occur at some point in 20-40% of people with cancer. The incidence of metastatic brain tumours is increasing as cancer patients live longer.
 

Brain tumours are the leading cause of solid cancer death in children under the age of 20, now surpassing acute lymphoblastic leukemia. They are the third leading cause of solid cancer death in young adults ages 20-39.
 

Because brain tumours are located at the control centre for thought, emotion, and movement, they can dramatically affect an individual's physical and cognitive abilities and quality of life.
 

Brain tumours in children are different from those in adults and are often treated differently. Although as many as 60% of children with brain tumours will survive, they are often left with long-term side effects.
 

Enhancing the quality of life for people with brain tumours requires access to quality specialty care, clinical trials, follow-up care and rehabilitative services.
 

Currently, the Canadian medical system does not track statistics on primary brain tumours. Complete and accurate data is needed to facilitate the research that will lead to a better understanding of this disease and improved diagnosis and treatment.

Help patients and families affected by a brain tumour by making a gift today.
You can download this information as a pdf to share with your community.

You can also forward your questions to:


Janic Gorayeb
Senior Health Information Specialist
jgorayeb@braintumour.ca
1-800-265-5106 or 519-642-7755 ext 233


Share This

Featured Story

Tommy's Story: Fellowship recipient

Dr. Tommy Alain, the very first research Fellow funded by Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada through the William Donald Nash Brain Tumour Research Fellowship, believes that more effective treatments are needed for patients diagnosed with brain tumours. And who are we to argue?

Learn more

Spotlight

Alexandre's Story: Research Studentship Recipient

Working with Dr. Pier Jr. Morin and the research team at Université de Moncton, Alexandre’s studentship project spanned two summers and...

Learn more

Stephanie's Story: Youth Education Award Winner

For Stephanie, receiving the Youth Education Award in 2014 was about far more than the dollars and cents that went toward her...

Learn more

Upcoming Events

  • 19/Nov/2017: BrainWAVE BC Fall 2017 Event: Extreme Air Park, Richmond, BC... Learn more >
  • 20/Nov/2017: Virtual Support Group for Caregivers: Virtual Support Group for Caregivers... Learn more >
  • 20/Nov/2017: Quebec Nurses Order Annual Congress: Palais des congrès de Montréal, QC... Learn more >
  • 20/Nov/2017: Guelph Support Group: Meets at Hospice Wellington, Community Program Room, 795 Scottsdale Avenue,... Learn more >
View All Events >
Thank you to the donors whose contributions make this website and all programs, services and research possible.

Copyright © 2017 Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. Charitable Registration #BN118816339RR0001
35 Years