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Early detection and treatment offer the best chance of recovery from both benign and malignant brain tumors. The outlook also depends on

  • the type of tumor

  • the tumor's size and location

  • the patient's age

  • the extent of any surgery

  • how the tumor affects the patient's ability to function

In general, lower-grade tumors have a better prognosis.

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