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Childhood Craniopharyngioma Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI] - Stages of Childhood Craniopharyngioma

The process used to find out if cancer has spread within the brain or to other parts of the body is called staging. There is no standard system for staging childhood craniopharyngioma. Craniopharyngioma is described as newly diagnosed disease or recurrent disease.

The results of the tests and procedures done to diagnose craniopharyngioma are used to help make decisions about treatment.

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Background Information About Childhood Craniopharyngioma

Incidence and Presentation Craniopharyngiomas are relatively rare pediatric tumors, accounting for about 6% of all intracranial tumors in children.[1,2,3] They are believed to be congenital in origin, arising from ectodermal remnants, Rathke cleft, or other embryonal epithelium in the sellar and/or parasellar area. No predisposing factors have been identified. Because craniopharyngiomas occur in the region of the pituitary gland, endocrine function and growth may be affected. Additionally,...

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    Last Updated: September 04, 2014
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