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About Brain Cancer

If you or a loved one is facing a brain cancer diagnosis, CanCare is here for you. CanCare can provide support through your journey with brain cancer by connecting you with a survivor who has walked a similar path. If you would like to visit with a survivor, reach out to us! We also have monthly virtual support groups you can join where you can be in community with others facing a cancer diagnosis.
 
If you are a survivor of brain cancer and want to help others through the journey, we would love to have you join us as a CanCare volunteer!

What Causes Brain Cancer?

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While there is no definitive cause for brain cancer, the risk of developing brain tumors is very low. Risk factors for brain cancer are generally poorly defined, but there are some conditions and factors that can increase your risk for brain cancer:
  • A compromised immune system
  • A family history of inherited conditions correlated with rare brain tumors, including Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome, Li-Fraumeni syndrome, or neurofibromatosis
  • Chemical exposure to certain industrial solvents or other chemicals
  • Previous radiation treatment
The majority of brain cancer cases are diagnosed in people aged 65 and older. Some cancers, like medulloblastomas, are more common in men, while others, such as meningiomas, are more likely in women. Preliminary cancer research suggests that chemical exposure in the oil refining, rubber manufacturing, and drug manufacturing industries could increase the risk of cancer.

Types of Brain Tumors

According to the National Brain Tumor Society, there are over 120 types of brain tumors. These can range from relatively benign, slow-growing tumors, to more aggressive forms. The most common type of brain tumor is a glioma, originating in the supportive tissue of the brain. Other types include
  • Astrocytomas
  • Central nervous system (CNS) lymphomas
  • Craniopharyngiomas
  • Ependymomas
  • Germ cell tumors
  • Medulloblastomas
  • Mixed gliomas
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Pineal region tumors
  • Pituitary adenomas
  • Pituitary carcinomas

What to Do After a Brain Cancer Diagnosis

CanCare Can Help

Brain Cancer Support
Trying to come to terms with your brain cancer can be a scary, uncertain time. Thankfully, you don’t have to face your brain cancer alone.

The cancer support community at CanCare includes both online and in-person brain cancer support groups, support from other brain cancer survivors, and survivorship programs and centers.

CanCare can connect you with a fellow brain cancer survivor who can help you navigate your brain cancer journey. We have a dynamic group of cancer survivors who’ve been specially trained to provide support. We also have volunteers from a diverse community of brain cancer survivors whose experience can help you frame your own.

Emotional support can powerfully affect cancer treatment outcomes, so connect with a survivor today. Join us for an online support group or give us a call to get connected with a fellow brain cancer survivor today.
If you are a stage 4 brain cancer survivor and you are searching for brain cancer support groups online, join us for our online Stage 4 Survivors support group on the 3rd Friday of each month from 12PM – 1PM, Central time. This online support group is dedicated to supporting the survivors of all Stage 4 cancers.

Contact groups@cancare.org for more information and the link for the group.

CanCare also accepts prayer requests for anyone who needs them. If you or a loved one is facing breast cancer, submit a prayer request, and we will pray for each person every week!

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Paul P.
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"I am forever grateful for Anthony, Tom, and Greg. All have in their own special ways helped me deal with a very difficult situation. Anthony is my rock. Someone who stays in contact and always provides support and encouragement. Tom reaches out and listens to me, and talking helps tremendously. Amazingly, Greg and I share doctors and have the same cancer. Being able to talk with someone who is on a very similar journey brings me comfort and peace."
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"I thank you very much for offering this service. It help me when I was overwhelmed with my husband's cancer."
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Vicki R.
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"Brenda in Texas is kind and understanding. She gave freedom to contact her anytime. She always gets right back in touch with me. Thank you for having this service available to us cancer patients who live with the unknown. Brenda has wonderful faith that rubs off onto me. Thank you again."
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Mariann M.
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Dennis S.
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"My volunteer has been a great help to my wife (tongue cancer)."

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