Brain tumor survival: results from the National Cancer Data Base

J Neurooncol. 1998 Nov;40(2):151-60. doi: 10.1023/a:1006091608586.


Hospital-based data reported to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) were available for over 60,000 patients with a primary brain tumor diagnosed from 1985-1988 and 1990-1992. The most common histologies were glioblastomas, astrocytomas and meningiomas. Five-year survival rates for these tumors were 2%, 30% and 70% respectively. Histology, age at diagnosis, behavior, and location were important variables in estimating survival. Comparisons with population-based registry data suggest that the malignant tumors are well represented in NCDB, but the benign histologies are under-reported. Survival estimates for the malignant tumors are comparable to previously reported studies. The NCDB provides recent information on brain tumor distribution and survival patterns not available in other large databases.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Age of Onset
  • Aged
  • Brain Neoplasms / mortality*
  • Brain Neoplasms / pathology
  • Child
  • Data Collection
  • Databases, Factual
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Proportional Hazards Models
  • Registries
  • Survival Analysis
  • United States