When Michael got sick, I knew NOTHING about brain tumors.  I did not know that brain cancer/brain tumors is very often a death sentence.  There are some forms of cancer that are much harder to cure than others.  One of the reasons is that very aggressive radiation cannot be given to the whole brain because you will kill good brain cells and the effects of THAT can be devastating.  Some facts about brain tumors:

Each year over 210,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor – that’s over 575 people every day.

Because brain tumors are located at the control center for thought, emotion, and movement, their effects on an individual’s physical and cognitive abilities can be devastating.

Among children under age 20, brain tumors are the most common form of solid tumor, and the second leading cause of cancer-related death, following leukemia.

Research remains under-funded; organizations like NBTS are critical in meeting the needs of patients, families, caregivers, medical professionals, and researchers.

No two brain tumors are alike. Prognosis, or expected outcome, is dependent on several factors including the type of tumor, location, response to treatment, an individual’s age, and overall health status.

There are more than 120 different types of brain tumors, making effective treatment very complicated.