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What are the treatments for medulloblastoma in children?

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Your child's treatment will depend on whether the medulloblastoma has spread in his body. Options include one or more of the following: • Surgery: Doctors try to remove as much of the cancer as possible without harming the rest of the brain. • Chemotherapy: Your child may need this after surgery to kill any remaining cancer cells. He’ll get it through an IV or with pills. • Radiation therapy: High-energy X-rays or other types of radiation kill cancer cells. It also can slow the growth of tumors the doctor couldn't remove during surgery. • Proton therapy: A low dose of radiation goes directly to the tumor. It’s more precise than radiation therapy and can prevent damage to other organs.  




From: Medulloblastoma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Brain Tumor Association: "Medulloblastoma."

Boston Children's Hospital: "Testing + Diagnosis for Medulloblastoma in Children."

MD Anderson Cancer Center: "Medulloblastoma Facts," "Diagnostic Imaging Procedures," "Medulloblastoma Treatment."

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital: "Medulloblastoma."

 

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 11, 2018

SOURCES:

American Brain Tumor Association: "Medulloblastoma."

Boston Children's Hospital: "Testing + Diagnosis for Medulloblastoma in Children."

MD Anderson Cancer Center: "Medulloblastoma Facts," "Diagnostic Imaging Procedures," "Medulloblastoma Treatment."

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital: "Medulloblastoma."

 

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 11, 2018

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