Each year, nearly 25,000 Americans are diagnosed with primary brain tumors, the majority of which are malignant. For these individuals and their families, what follows is an arduous journey of difficult treatments and dealing with the demands these treatments require both physically and mentally. Sadly, almost 16,000 people die from the disease each year, and most patients with malignant primary brain tumors (gliomas) live no more than one to two years after diagnosis.
There is no cure for brain cancer, and there is a dire need for a better understanding of the disease, effective treatments, and a cure. Brain cancer receives less than one percent of the funds spent on national cancer research, yet it is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children and young adults ages 20-39.
The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is making strides in the research and treatment of brain tumors, and our team of neurological-oncologists is working every day to lessen the impact of this devastating disease.