Donate to Brain Tumor Research, Patient Care and Education

A brain tumor is an abnormal growth of cells in the brain that can be either primary–meaning that it originated in the brain–or metastatic–meaning that the abnormal cell growth originated elsewhere and spread to the brain. Brain tumors can be cancerous or benign (non-cancerous and slow in developing). Because of the complexity and sensitivity of the brain, even a benign brain tumor can cause serious damage. The severity of damage depends on the size of the tumor, as well as the type and the location of the tumor. When you donate to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will play an essential role in helping physician-scientists at Northwestern Medicine to discover more about how to effectively diagnose and treat brain tumors.

There are over 100 distinct types of brain tumors identified currently, most commonly named after the specific part of the brain where they originally formed. Astrocytoma is the most common form of malignant brain tumor and is identified by the star-shaped cells that make up the tumor itself. It is relatively common in all ages but is less likely to be malignant in children. Glioblastoma is a complex type of malignant brain tumor that affects the brain and the spinal cord. It can occur throughout the brain but is most common in the frontal lobe and the temporal lobe. Meningioma is the most common benign brain tumor, which accounts for one-third of all primary brain tumors. In rare cases, this tumor can become malignant over a prolonged period of time. Oligodendroglioma is a type of tumor that grows on the lining of nerves, called myelin, and is usually malignant.  Regardless of the type of brain tumor, your contribution to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will enable scientists to continue their efforts to understand more about what causes brain tumors, and how their growth can be prevented.

There are also some forms of primary brain tumors that are more common in children. Medulloblastoma is a malignant tumor that forms in the cerebellum at the back of the brain near the spinal cord. It can spread to the spinal cord and cause spinal fluid to leak into the brain. Ependymoma can occur in children and young adults and forms on the lining of fluid-filled areas of the brain. Brain stem glioma forms in the base of the brain and can be malignant or benign.  Your financial support of Northwestern Memorial Foundation will ensure that children affected by brain tumors will continue to receive the very best care possible.

The symptoms of brain tumors vary from one type to another and can also be attributed to other, less serious conditions.  They may include headaches, usually worse in the morning, dizziness, weakness, numbness, nausea or vomiting, difficulty thinking, remembering, or talking, changes in vision, speech, hearing, or personality, paralysis, weakness, or numbness on one side of the body, seizures or convulsions, drowsiness and problems with balance or walking. Detecting tumors early ensures the best chance of eliminating them and preventing cancer from developing. By donating to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help improve physicians on staff’s ability to diagnose, as well as treat, various forms of tumors by improving technology via research.

Brain Tumor Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

More research is needed to determine the exact causes of malignant brain tumors.  Northwestern Medicine is on the leading edge of research of brain tumors and is committed to providing the best care possible in terms of clinical trials, advanced treatments, and patient resources. Your financial gift to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will have a positive impact on Northwestern’s ability to make new discoveries in the treatment of brain tumors and provide the highest standard of care for those struggling with the condition.

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