Brain Cancer

The latest brain cancer news, advice, and information, including treatment, symptoms, risk factors, advanced stages, and real stories about people living with brain cancer.

What Should You Know About Glioblastomas?

Learn more about glioblastomas, which are tumors found in the brain that are typically highly malignant.


To All Who Helped Along Your Cancer Journey

A simple thank you card and gift can go a long way to showing your appreciation for the family, friends, and doctors who helped you on your cancer journey.

By Phyllis Johnson

A Reporter Reflects on His Third Cancer Journey

Reporter Jeffrey Weiss has been writing most of his life. Read his thoughts as he ponders his final months with glioblastoma.

By PJ Hamel

Observation Leads to Discovery Linked to How Cancer Spreads

A college sophomore’s work in a science lab led to a finding on how cancer cells spread.

By Phyllis Johnson

Sen. John McCain Diagnosed with Brain Cancer

On Wednesday, it was announced that Senator John McCain of Arizona has been diagnosed with an aggressive type of brain cancer called glioblastoma. Last week, McCain underwent surgery to remove what was believed to be a blood clot in his brain behind ...

More Cancers Linked to Weight

Obesity rates have more than doubled worldwide since 1980, according to the World Health Organization, to more than 600 million adults. For years, research has shown that people who are overweight or obese have an increased risk for heart disease, di...

When Lymphoma Is Confused with Multiple Sclerosis

Diagnosing multiple sclerosis is not as easy as undergoing an MRI scan and having a neurologist watch you walk; instead, it is a challenging process, and neurologists want to get it right. One thing that was considered even before I underwent MRI sca...

By Lisa Emrich

Those With Obesity More Likely to Develop Common Brain Tumor

Obesity may increase the risk of the meningioma brain tumor by more than 50 percent, according a study from the University of Regensburg in Germany. For their study, researchers did a meta-analysis of 13 previous studies involving 6,000 people with b...

How to Pick the Right Oncologist

Do you have the right oncologist? Check this list of 10 tips to make sure yours matches up with the health professional you really need.

By PJ Hamel

Brain Cancer Risk Factors

Radiation therapy used to treat brain cancers increases the risk of brain tumors up to 20 or 30 years later.

By Allison Bush

Long term mobile phone use may raise brain cancer risk

Here’s the latest development in the debate over whether extensive cell phone use can lead to brain cancer. A study published in the journal Pathophysiology reports that a team of Swedish researchers found that after 25 years of cell phone use, the r...

Meet the Experts

Phyllis Johnson

Patient Expert

Phyllis Johnson is an inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) survivor diagnosed in 1998, and has written about cancer for HealthCentral since 2007.

PJ Hamel

Patient Expert

PJ Hamel is senior digital content editor and food writer at King Arthur Flour, and a James Beard award-winning author. A 16-year breast cancer survivor, her passion is helping women through this devastating disease.

Phyllis Johnson

Patient Expert

Phyllis Johnson is an inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) survivor diagnosed in 1998, and has written about cancer for HealthCentral since 2007.

Health News

Strong Legs, Healthy Brain?

New, cutting edge research suggests neurological health depends on signals sent to the brain by large muscles in the legs, as well as messages sent from the brain to the muscles.

Could Lowering Cholesterol Help the Body Fight Cancer?

Lowering blood levels of cholesterol could improve the cancer-fighting ability of certain immune system cells, called Tc9 cells.

How's Your Health? It May Depend on Where You Live

Working-age adults in some states faced a 10 percent higher risk of premature death in 2016 than in 1990, say researchers at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in Seattle. That’s one conclusion from the mo...