Brain cancer refers to a malignant tumour that originates in the brain. Cancer that has spread from other parts of the body to brain is called metastasis.
Primary brain tumours can either be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant.
- benign: grow slowly and will not spread to other parts of the body
- malignant: cancerous tumour that grows rapidly and may invade other body parts
A brain tumour is usually diagnosed by conducting a number of tests, including a CT scan and an MRI.1