Brain & Spine Tumor Links of Interest

The following is a list of websites dealing with brain and spine cancer tumors, research and education.

American Brain Tumor Association
ABTA funds brain tumor research and provides information to help patients make educated decisions about their health care. The ABTA offers printed materials about research and treatment of brain tumors, and provides listings of physicians, treatment facilities, and support groups throughout the country. A limited selection of Spanish-language publications is available.

American Cancer Society
Overview including information on prevention and risk factors; detection and symptoms; types of treatment; frequently asked questions; news about cancer; and links to additional online resources.
Clinical trials are conducted when there is no proven treatment for a specific disease, or to test which treatment works best for a particular disease or condition. This is a comprehensive listing of trials.

Family Caregiver Alliance
This consumer-oriented web site provides basic information about brain tumors including definitions, statistics, symptoms, diagnosis, forms of treatment and a recommended reading list.

Hillman Cancer Center 
National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center committed to characterizing new lifesaving approaches for cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment.

Consumer health information resource provided by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Pages include general information, links to pictures/diagrams, diagnosis, symptoms, prevention and screenings.

Mesothelioma Guide
Detailed information on mesothelioma, a rare cancer that develops in the protective lining around the lungs, abdomen, and heart. It is caused by exposure to asbestos and can take 20-50 years to develop.

National Brain Tumor Society
Non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for brain tumors and improving the quality of life for those affected by brain tumors; funding strategic research, delivering support services and promoting collaboration.

National Cancer Institute
Full text of publication authored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Includes information about screening, early detection, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of tumors as well as numerous links to more detailed information.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Discussion of symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of brain and spinal cord tumors, with particular attention to the research being done in this area.

Includes general information about brain tumors as well as frequently asked questions, screening and diagnosis information, treatment, genetics and support information.

Spinal Tumors: Descriptive Overview
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The Whole Brain Atlas
Point, Inc. called this Harvard Medical School web site "the best visual representation of what's inside your head." Includes images of five different brain tumors as well as comparisons to brains without disease.