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Brain Tumors in Children – In Treatment

In Treatment

Treatment for childhood brain tumors is based on the type of tumor, the tumor location, age of the child and other factors. Because of the unique challenges of treating the brain and CNS, the healthcare team developing and implementing the treatment plan often includes several specialists:

  • Pediatric neurosurgeon: a doctor who specializes in surgery to the brain and nervous system
  • Pediatric neuro-oncologist: a doctor who specializes in treating brain tumors with chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapist: a doctor who specializes in treating brain tumors with radiation therapy
  • Pediatric neurologist: a doctor who treats brain and nervous system diseases in children
  • Endocrinologist: a doctor who treats diseases in glands that secrete hormones

The healthcare team will develop an individualized treatment plan for each patient. More often than not, treatment will include multiple forms of therapy.

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Surgery
Shunt
Steroids
Radiation Therapy
Chemotherapy

Specific Types of Brain Tumors and Treatment

Many of the different types of brain tumors have unique treatment regimens that researchers have shown to be the most effective for that specific type of cancer. Below are some descriptions of the different types of treatment protocols for different tumor types.

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Medulloblastoma and PNET and Pineoblastomas
Gliomas (Sometimes Referred to as Astrocytoma)
Ependymoma
Germ Cell Tumors
Spinal Cord Tumors
Other Rare Brain Tumors
Brain Tumors in Children – In Treatment was last modified: February 8th, 2017 by Geoff Duncan

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