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View in Spanish: Craneofaringioma

Craniopharyngioma (KRAY-nee-oh-fuh-RIN-jee-OH-muh)
A benign brain tumor that may be considered malignant because it can damage the hypothalamus, the area of the brain that controls body temperature, hunger, and thirst.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.