Brain Cancer

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What is brain cancer?

A tumor in the brain is a result of tissue growth that is not part of normal brain development. Sometimes this growth is made up of non-cancerous cells, in which case the tumor is benign. But either a non-cancerous tumor can be harmful depending on its location in the brain. In other cases, the tumor is made up of cancerous cells, in which case the tumor is considered malignant. These tumors can grow rapidly and can spread to other parts of the brain and the spinal cord (Carson-Dewitt).
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Fig. 1. Tumor inside brain (Gregoire).

New Discoveries in the Field

Recent research conducted at Stanford University has discovered that increased brain activity actually stimulates the growth of brain cell tumors. A specific protein that is involved in the development of new synapses also helps in the growth of brain tumors. Researchers don't think that a feasible solution would be to have patients stop thinking (or initiate a medically induced coma) but it does provide some insight for possible treatment options. For example, scientists can learn more about they way neurons cause the tumor to grow and develop therapies based on that knowledge (Gregoire).
What are the Symptoms of Brain Tumors?
Source: Cancer Treatment Center of America. What are the Symptoms of Brain Tumors? YouTube. N.p., 18 Nov. 2011. Web. 22 Dec. 2015.

Works Cited

Cancer Treatment Center of America. What are the Symptoms of Brain Tumors? YouTube. N.p., 18 Nov. 2011. Web. 22 Dec. 2015.


Carson-DeWit, Rosalyn, and Melinda Oberleitner. "Brain Tumor." Gale Science in Context. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Dec. 2015.

The Gale Science in Context database contained much of the information required for this project. The author of this information is Rosalyn Carson-Dewitt, MD. She has a degree in medicine from Michigan State University and she has written thousands of articles on health related issues. Because of both her education and experience she is a credible author. In addition, the Gale Cengage Learning has been a research resource for over 60 years and is a leader in providing materials for schools. They utilize expert scholars from around the world to provide source material for their database. The purpose of this database is to provide information to the public and there wasn't a bias in the writing. The Gale database is updated each year. The information on the brain tumor site was updated this year so it is current. Since the article focuses on a general overview of brain cancer and not the most current research in treatments, it's unlikely that this information has changed since the site was last updated. The general information in this article was consistent with many other sources on the topic of brain cancer. The information in this article was highly reliable and invaluable for our research.


Gregoire, Carolyn. "Thinking Can Fuel The Growth Of Brain Tumors, Study Finds." Huff Post Science. Huffington Post, 27 Apr. 2015. Web. 22 Dec. 2015. <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/27/thinking-fuels-brain-tumor-growth_n_7130838.html>.