Q: How are brain tumours named?
A: There are about 130 different types of brain tumours. They are generally named after the type of cell they developed from. Most brain tumours develop from the cells that support the nerve cells of the brain called glial cells. A tumour of glial cells is a glioma.
Brain tumours can also be named after the area of the brain they are growing in. A tumour of the pituitary gland is called a pituitary adenoma. A tumour developed from the covering of the brain (the meninges) is called a meningioma. Tumours growing from the nerves entering the brain are called neuromas.
Adult Brain Tumour Support Group : A monthly support group for people with brain tumours, as well as their families. Alta Vista Manor, 751 Peter Morand Cres For further information please call 1 800 265 5106.
Maplesoft offers support groups once a month on Tuesdays (not in the summer months). For more information, call 613-247-3527.