A central neurocytoma (CNC) is a rare brain tumor usually found in people between the ages of 20-40 years old. The tumors are most often benign (non-cancerous). Typical symptoms of this condition may include headaches, increased pressure in the skull, blurred vision, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness and seizures.
Generally, CNC tumors can be completely removed by surgery, but depending on certain qualities of the tumor, such as size and rate of tumor growth, removal of the tumor may need to be followed with radiation therapy. Chemotherapy may be suggested if the tumor returns (recurs). The majority of patients with CNC are cured by the removal of the tumor and become long-term survivors (living tumor free for over 10 years). However, as with any other type of tumor, there is a chance for recurrence or the CNC returning. If you or a member of your family has been diagnosed with a central neurocytoma, talk to your doctor about the most current treatment options. Support groups are also a good source of support and information.