Here is the task I’ll set myself. A subject close to my heart: I’m going to design a fact sheet for those affected by a diagnosis of a GBM brain tumour. So the audience are those hungry for facts about this type of tumour, and wanting quick information across a broad range of data. I’ve gathered the following as the key information I found helpful when my husband was first diagnosed:
60% of people diagnosed with a brain tumour die within a year.
15% of adults with a malignant brain tumour survive for five years or more.
Nearly half of the tumours that originate in the brains of adults are a type known as glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) ~ a highly malignant, fast growing cancer that aggressively infiltrates surrounding brain tissue.
Brain tumours reduce life expectancy in average by 20 years, the highest of all cancers.
The median age of diagnosis of brain cancer is 55, though about 300 children are diagnosed with a brain tumour each year. Children with high-grade tumours tend to do better than adults; five-year survival for children is about 25%.
There are over 55,000 people living with a primary brain tumour in the UK now.
Less than 1% of funding for cancer is invested in brain tumour research.
Treatment of brain tumours is by surgical removal where possible, (though entire removal is not possible) and alternatively, or in addition, radiotherapy followed by chemotherapy. Treatments may prolong life but will not stop the tumour developing.