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Treatment Options for Childhood Cerebellar Astrocytoma

A link to a list of current clinical trials is included for each treatment section. For some types or stages of cancer, there may not be any trials listed. Check with your doctor for clinical trials that are not listed here but may be right for you.

Untreated Childhood Cerebellar Astrocytoma

Untreated childhood cerebellar astrocytoma is a tumor for which no treatment has been given. The child may have received drugs or treatment to relieve symptoms caused by the tumor.

Initial treatment for childhood cerebellar astrocytoma is usually surgery. When the tumor is completely removed by surgery, more treatment may not be needed and the child is closely observed for symptoms to appear or change. This is also called watchful waiting.

If cancercells remain after surgery, treatment depends on the location of the remaining cancer cells and the age of the child. Standard treatment may include the following:

  • Watchful waiting.
  • Radiation therapy.
  • Chemotherapy.

Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's PDQ Cancer Clinical Trials Registry that are now accepting patients with untreated childhood cerebellar astrocytoma. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

Recurrent Childhood Cerebellar Astrocytoma

Standard treatment of recurrent childhood cerebellar astrocytoma may include the following:

  • Surgery.
  • Radiation therapy.
  • Chemotherapy.

Some of the treatments being studied in clinical trials for recurrent childhood cerebellar astrocytoma include new anticancer drugs.

Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's PDQ Cancer Clinical Trials Registry that are now accepting patients with recurrent childhood cerebellar astrocytoma. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

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Last Updated: March 09, 2010
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