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  1. Medulloblastoma

    Important It is possible that the main title of the report Medulloblastoma is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report. ...

  2. General Information About Childhood Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors

    Dramatic improvements in survival have been achieved for children and adolescents with cancer. Between 1975 and 2002, childhood cancer mortality decreased by more than 50%.[1] Childhood and adolescent cancer survivors require close follow-up because cancer therapy side effects may persist or develop months or years after treatment. Refer to the PDQ summary on Late Effects of Treatment for Childhood Cancer for specific information about the incidence, type, and monitoring of late effects in childhood and adolescent cancer survivors.Primary brain tumors are a diverse group of diseases that together constitute the most common solid tumor of childhood. Brain tumors are classified according to histology, but tumor location and extent of spread are important factors that affect treatment and prognosis. Immunohistochemical analysis, cytogenetic and molecular genetic findings, and measures of mitotic activity are increasingly used in tumor diagnosis and classification.IncidencePrimary central

  3. Treatment of Newly Diagnosed Childhood Ependymoma

    In the newly diagnosed patient, careful evaluation to fully determine the extent of disease must precede the treatment of ependymoma. Surgery should be performed in an attempt at maximal tumor reduction; children have improved progression-free survival (PFS) if there is minimal residual disease present after surgery.[1,2] Postoperatively, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) should be performed to determine the extent of resection, although the rate of dissemination is low. If not performed preoperatively, MRI of the entire neuraxis should be obtained to evaluate for disease dissemination. Myxopapillary ependymomas, considered to be a benign histologic subtype of ependymoma, have a relatively high incidence of central nervous system (CNS) tumor dissemination at diagnosis and at follow-up, and require imaging of the complete cranial spinal axis at the time of diagnosis and during follow-up.[3,4] Patients with residual tumor or disseminated disease should be considered at high risk for

  4. 10 Questions to Ask Doctor About Brain Cancer

    If you have been diagnosed with brain cancer, consider asking your doctor these 10 questions.

  5. Brain Cancer Clinical Trials

    Is participation in a clinical trial right for you? Learn more about brain cancer research and how you can get involved.

  6. Brain Cancer and Gliomas

    Learn all about the symptoms, prognosis, and treatment of malignant glioma, a broad category of brain and spinal cord tumors.

  7. What Is Glioblastoma?

    Learn about glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer, and its symptoms and treatment.

  8. What Is Astrocytoma?

    There are several types of astrocytoma, a brain cancer. Learn about them and how they are treated.

  9. Types of Brain Cancer

    Start here to learn about types of brain cancer, or brain tumors, and how they are treated.

  10. Brain Cancer

    Learn more about the basics of brain cancer, including types of tumors, from the experts at WebMD.

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