Benign and Malignant Tumors of the Brain



Data from the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States (CBTRUS) indicate that approximately 23,000 Americans were expected to be diagnosed with a primary cancer of the central nervous system (CNS) in 2007 [1]. The incidence rate of all primary malignant CNS tumors in the USA is estimated at 7.3 cases per 100,000 people annually [1]. Brain tumors are increasingly common as people age; approximately 15% of primary malignant brain tumors are diagnosed in individuals aged 70 years or more [2]. Survival rates among patients diagnosed with primary malignant brain tumors vary inversely with age. For example, among patients between the ages of 45 and 54, the 5-year survival rate is 24%, while this rate is only 5% for patients who are at least 75 years old (Table 87.1) [1]. In addition to those with primary brain tumors, up to 150,000 Americans are diagnosed each year with metastatic brain lesions [3], and many of these are elderly patients. This chapter provides a review and discussion of epidemiology and treatment of elderly patients with brain tumors. The focus is on primary tumors, but metastatic lesions will be addressed briefly as well.


Brain Metastasis Primary Brain Tumor Recursive Partitioning Analysis Class Benign Meningioma Primary Malignant Brain Tumor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeurologyCenter for Neuro-Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA

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