Primary Brain Tumors

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
A man with a primary brain tumor holds his head.

Brain cells can sometimes divide uncontrollably to form a tumor within the brain, the covering of the brain, or on the nerves in the brain. This type of tumor is called a primary brain tumor and is different rom secondary brain tumors, or those that occur by the spread (or metastasis) of tumors from other organs in the body. 

Whether benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous), all patients with brain tumors require immediate attention. At Yale Medicine, our experienced doctors use their expertise and state-of-the-art equipment to diagnose, manage and treat brain tumors.