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Brain Cancers

  1. Stephen L Maidment,
  2. GJ Pilkington

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001892



How to Cite

Maidment, S. L. and Pilkington, G. 2001. Brain Cancers. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001


The cells of the brain give rise to a variety of tumour types, foremost among them being the gliomas, a group of invasive and life-threatening tumours whose incidence has increased since the 1960s. Despite this, the causes of brain tumours remain largely unknown and current cancer therapies serve mainly as a control rather than as a cure for this group of lesions.


  • astrocytoma;
  • ependymoma;
  • glioblastoma;
  • glioma;
  • invasion;
  • metastasis;
  • oligodendroglioma;
  • PNET;
  • tumour suppressor genes