Brain Tumors and Central Nervous System Tumors in Children



About Brain Tumors and Central Nervous System Tumors

Brain tumors in children occur in the central nervous system (CNS) and spinal cord. Together, these important organs control functions necessary to sustain life, such as breathing, heart rate, movement, thinking and learning. Important substances produced in the brain stimulate and control many other organs in the body. When pediatric brain tumors develop, they have many unique properties and symptoms.

In general, brain tumors tend not to “metastasize” or spread to distant areas of the body outside the brain or spinal cord. They can recur locally, and they can spread to other areas of the central nervous system.

News About Brain Tumors

Scarlett Weeks, Glioblastoma Mutiforme

Scarlett Weeks, Glioblastoma Mutiforme

9 Weeks Old at Diagnosis Scarlett Grace was born on October 16, 2010. She was healthy, growing, and seemed perfectly normal. Around 7 weeks old, we noticed a small bruise developing on her forehead; we figured we had somehow bumped her very fair skin, and it would... read more
Samuel Roszman, Brain Stem Tumor

Samuel Roszman, Brain Stem Tumor

4 Years Old at Diagnosis In the Fall of 2008, my son, Sam, started getting terrible headaches that had him screaming and crying. These headaches woke him up around 15 times a night. We took him to his neurologist at the Cleveland Clinic, and b/c of Sam’s... read more
Nick Wolf, Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor (PNET)

Nick Wolf, Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor (PNET)

6 Years Old at Diagnosis In May 2011, Nick Wolf was experiencing a persistent headache and nausea. His mother, Christina, took him to the doctor who informed them that she suspected Nick had a brain tumor, but that they should monitor his symptoms to see if they... read more

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