Brain Tumour Facts

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Brain Tumour Facts 

  • Brain tumours are the second most common type of cancer in children.
  • In a number of countries including Canada and the U.S., brain tumours are now the greatest cause of cancer related deaths in children age 14 and under. 
  • Despite research advances in the causes and treatment of brain tumours, the survival rate from brain tumours is still lower than that of other forms of cancer.
  • Childhood cancer is consistently underfunded, accounting for only five per cent of all cancer research funding in Canada today.  Many researchers rely on private funds to get their studies off the ground.
  • Childhood brain tumours are one of the most underserved areas of cancer research.
  • Children not only suffer from brain tumours, but also from the consequences of having a severe neurological illness with many behavioral and cognitive problems even if the treatment has been successful.
  • Up to 1/3 of brain tumours arise in very young children (under age 3).  These “infant” brain tumours are particularly difficult to treat as the developing brain and body are very susceptible to both short and long term side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
  • The Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre, located at SickKids Hospital in Toronto, is the only facility in Canada dedicated to paediatric brain tumour research.
  • The Brain Tumour Research Centre is one of three sites in North America that is classified by the Paediatric Brain Tumor Foundation as a “PBTF Research Institute”. 
  • SickKids Neuro-oncology Program is recognized as one of the top three in the world!
  • Research helps!  In the last several years, the survival in some diseases like medulloblastoma, the most common malignant brain tumour in children, has increased by 30% at SickKids.


Brain tumours are the leading cause of cancer-related death among children and adolescents under age 20. 


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Cancers of the brain and nervous system (BNS) are the second most common type of childhood cancer.


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Tell Me More:

Pediatric Brain Tumours – A New Era (video from 15th International Symposium on Pediatric Neuro-Oncology – ISPNO, June 2013):

Information on ATRT: 

Brain Tumours Info Paper:  Open PDF

IBTA Press Statement:  Open PDF


Links for Kids
This website provides information for kids to read about brain tumours.
This is a tour of the Brain Tumour Research Lab at SickKids by a boy named Tobin Haas.

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