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Cancer in the central nervous system and its surrounding structures

Cancer in the central nervous system and its surrounding structures includes tumors located:
  • intracranially
  • intraspinally

The intracranial tumors include tumors in:

  • the brain (the cerebrum, the brain stem, the cerebellum)
  • the cranial nerves
  • the meninges
  • the pituitary gland

The intraspinal tumors include tumors in:

  • the spinal cord
  • the spinal nerves
  • the spinal cord membrane

The brain and the spinal cord comprise the central nervous system (CNS). The cranial nerves and the spinal nerves belong to the peripheral nervous system.

Incidence

 

Age-specific incidence of tumors in the central nervous system, 2009–2013.

Source: Cancer Registry of Norway

 

 

Incidence of tumors in the central nervous system, 1954–2013.

Source: Cancer Registry of Norway

 

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