DD, Aged 17

    When people would talk they didn't know what to say which was understandable.  more...


    Mimi - 15 years old

    I lost myself doing stupid things, angry and sad and depressed at everything. I ended up failing my classes, not caring about school, and getting into fights.  more...


    Chelsea - 14 years old

    I stuck my head round the door in the room mum was in, and she looked really ill. I couldn't understand what was happening - one minute my mum was fine and the next she was ill.  more...


    Clair - aged 14

    Something I wish is I could just have one more day with my dad! - to tell him how much I love him and how sorry I am for all the bad things I have said and done to him!  more...


    Nicole - 17 years old

    This time the doctors are unable to operate. He has already had 6 sessions of chemo and is having another 6 sessions. I cannot help feeling I may lose him.  more...


    Rirrif - 15 years old

    I have been staying with my dad because my mom doesn't want me around when she is sick, which is all the time. My dad works at night so I spend a lot of time alone since I'm not with my mom. I'm afraid she is going to die and I'll blame myself for not being there more. more...


    HT - 13 years old

    She has been so strong about this and is keen to put it all behind her.  more...


The function of the brain is to control all other organs in the body. There are three main parts in the brain and they are called the cerebrum (forebrain), the cerebellum (hindbrain) and the brain stem. Each of these parts controls different functions of the body by sending electrical messages from the brain via nerve fibres into the spinal cord. The spinal cord runs from the brain stem and all the way down the middle of the spine in the back and so the electrical messages can be delivered from the brain to all the different parts of the body. The brain and the spinal cord contain many different types of cells and these can develop into different types of tumours if they become abnormal and grow out of control. We usually talk about brain tumours instead of brain cancers because tumours that develop in the brain can be life threatening even when they are not very big or spread to other parts of the body, which is the main worry for other types of cancers. Because the brain is the control centre of our body, even brain tumours that are not cancerous can press on and destroy important areas in the brain that control vital functions of the body. They can therefore be just as serious as tumours that contain cancerous cells, although this depends on where they grow and how big they are and whether they can be treated or removed. Usually, we don´t know the cause of why a brain tumour has developed but there are some factors that we know can increase the risk of developing it. In general, the risk of developing brain tumours increase with age but people can get it at any age. We definitely know that being exposed to radiation can increase the risk of developing brain tumours and there is also an increased risk for people who have had cancer as a child and for adults who have had specific types of cancer previously in their adult life. It has also been found that some genetic conditions can increase the risk of developing certain brain tumours. Please see below if you want to find out more.

To help you find answers to some of your questions, we have linked to Maggie’s CancerLinks where you will find links to high quality information about cancer in the brain. The information on these websites is not written specifically for young people but it is written using simple language in a way that most people will be able to understand. Don’t worry if there are lots of links to different websites. Have a look on the description of the links and very often you will find the information you are searching for on the first website that you look at. If you just want general information about cancer you could read the ‘About cancer’ section on riprap.

Remember that the information on these sites is general. Within each cancer type, there are different variations, different stages, different treatments and people may also respond differently to the same treatments. Each person is an individual and because of this, generic information may not fit the situation you are thinking of. Often your parents or someone else who knows the details can answer your questions best. Also, please feel free to get in touch with us here at riprap. We can help you sorting through information or discuss things you’ve heard or read or anything at all that’s on your mind.

Don’t forget that there are lots of very effective treatments for cancer these days and many cancers can be completely cured. There are also very good treatments to control cancers that cannot be cured and research is going on all the time to find new treatments that can control and cure cancers.

Page updated 13 July 2017