The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke

Overview | Information is Power

A diagnosis of a brain tumor may be the most difficult challenge you and you family will ever have to face. It is important to have all the information you need and deserve in order to meet this challenge.

We hope the information in this section will help you to be an informed patient. Here you can find not only general information about brain tumors, but also specific information about your treatment, possible side effects, and self-care strategies for both pediatric and adult patients. You can also find listings of other resources for support and information.

As a patient with a brain tumor, you are a full partner on our team. Being well informed is one of the most important tasks you have as a member of this team. You have the right to understand all tests, procedures and treatments you may encounter. You have the right to ask questions and to find ways to get more information if you want it.




The information in this section is provided for the convenience of patients of the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke and their health care providers. It is not intended to take the place of medical advice or care. The information provided here is subject to change. Information obtained from your physician should be considered more up to date and accurate than the information provided in this website. The information provided here is not intended to address circumstances unique to any patient. Please consult your health care provider if you are having symptoms or problems at home.


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Interactive Videos

What will happen during procedures and treatments for a brain tumor? Here are colorful animations and audio clips to provide you with information. For visitors using a dial-up modem connection, animations will take approximately 1-2 minutes to load.

Things you can learn about :

Cell Division
Cell Division
Normal and Cancer
Cell Growth

Subcutaneous Ports

VP Shunts
VP Shunts

The interactive Brain Tumor Learning Center was developed by The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke, and funded by the generous support of the Emily Dorfman Foundation for Children.