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Friday November 9, 4:29 pm Eastern Time

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SOURCE: National Brain Tumor Foundation

Brain Tumors Not Always Fatal - National Brain Tumor Foundation Provides Help and Hope

OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- "You have a brain tumor." These are some of the scariest words a person can hear. But understanding more about brain tumors can also lead to an understanding that a brain tumor diagnosis is not an automatic death sentence.

The recent announcement of former Texas Ranger and Baltimore Orioles manager Johnny Oates having been diagnosed with a brain tumor highlights the need for accurate information about brain tumors.

Each year over 180,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with a brain tumor. Brain tumors can be either benign or malignant. There are over 120 different types of brain tumors and they appear in different parts of the brain. Different types of tumors appear to be more common to particular ages, but overall, the greatest incidence appears to be in people 65 and older. Most studies in developed countries show that the number of people who develop brain tumors and die from them has increased by perhaps as much as 300% over the past decade but the reasons for this increase still remain elusive. Environmental factors are suspected, although no major culprits have been identified.

The symptoms of a brain tumor vary depending on the size and location but common symptoms include severe headaches, seizures, personality changes, vision problems, nausea and vomiting, and speech disturbances. Unfortunately these can also be the symptoms for many other conditions and a brain tumor diagnosis can only be confirmed by an MRI and biopsy.

The key to fighting this difficult disease is related to a patient's ability to access information and support. Many organizations offer information about cancer but the National Brain Tumor Foundation (NBTF) was set up to provide brain tumor specific information about treatment options, support groups, and information. For over 20 years NBTF has been providing free information to patients and their families as well as raising funds for research.

Many successful public figures who are also brain tumor survivors, offer hope and inspiration to other patients. Elizabeth Taylor still performs despite a brain tumor diagnosis. United States Senator Arlen Specter from Pennsylvania remains active in Congress even though he was treated for a brain tumor. Lance Armstrong, a metastatic brain tumor survivor, returned after treatment to win the Tour de France in 2001.

"At NBTF, we believe it is crucial for patients to be informed about all their options" says NBTF Executive Director Janis Brewer, "and to understand that many people can and do survive a brain tumor. In short, there is help and there is hope."

For more information about the National Brain Tumor Foundation, please contact the Patient Information Line at 1-800-934-CURE or visit their Website at www.braintumor.org

SOURCE: National Brain Tumor Foundation

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