Brain diagramsThe Brain Science Foundation works to enhance the quality and amount of information available concerning primary brain tumors, especially noncancerous tumors—such as meningiomas.

The Brain Science Foundation has compiled general information, fact sheets for specific tumor types, research publications, and links to relevant resources on this website. For instance, check out this interactive tool illustrating the anatomy of the brain.

We are committed to keeping this clearinghouse current and welcome your feedback about what content you find most helpful as well as which areas could be expanded.

What Is a Primary Brain Tumor?

Primary brain tumors arise from the brain, spinal cord, and associated tissues—collectively known as the central nervous system—rather than originating from cancerous cells that travel from elsewhere in the body. Primary brain tumors are categorized as either benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous).

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The most common type of primary brain tumor is the meningioma, a noncancerous tumor that arises from the abnormal growth of the cells that form the delicate outer covering of the brain, called the meninges.

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Gliomas arise from glial cells, which act as a supportive cell in the central nervous system. There are three types of normal glial cells that can produce tumors.

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For Patients and Caregivers

Those living with the diagnosis of meningioma — including patients, survivors, caregivers, and family members — can draw from a wide range of online patient-support services that include content-rich informational sites, online communities and personal blogs.

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Additional Resources

This page is dedicated to listing some of the numerous resources out there on primary brain tumors.

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