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Childhood Craniopharyngioma Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI] - Treatment Options for Childhood Craniopharyngioma

A link to a list of current clinical trials is included for this treatment section. Check with your doctor for clinical trials that are not listed here but may be right for you.

Newly Diagnosed Childhood Craniopharyngioma

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General Information About Childhood Craniopharyngioma

Childhood craniopharyngiomas are benign brain tumors found near the pituitary gland. Childhood craniopharyngiomas are rare tumors usually found near the pituitary gland (a pea-sized organ at the bottom of the brain that controls other glands) and the hypothalamus (a small cone-shaped organ connected to the pituitary gland by nerves). Anatomy of the inside of the brain, showing the pineal and pituitary glands, optic nerve, ventricles (with cerebrospinal fluid shown in blue), and other...

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Treatment of newly diagnosed childhood craniopharyngioma may include the following:

  • Surgery.
  • Cyst drainage followed by surgery.
  • Limited surgery followed by external-beam radiation therapy.
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery.
  • Intensity-modulated proton therapy.
  • Intracavitary radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy or biologic therapy.

Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with childhood craniopharyngioma. 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 Craniopharyngioma

Craniopharyngioma may recur (come back) no matter how it was treated the first time. Treatment options for recurrent childhood craniopharyngioma are based mainly on what type of treatment was given before and the needs of the individual child. Treatment options may include:

  • Repeat surgery.
  • External-beam radiation therapy.
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery.
  • Intracavitary radiation therapy.
  • Intracavitary chemotherapy or biologic therapy .
  • Cyst drainage with or without surgery.

Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with childhood craniopharyngioma. 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.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Public Information from the National Cancer Institute

    Last Updated: September 04, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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