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Brain Stem Glioma

What Is the Prognosis?

The prognosis for brain stem glioma will depend on:
  • The age of the child when the tumor is found
  • The location of the tumor
  • Where the tumor is located and if it has spread within the brain stem
  • Whether the child has an underlying condition called neurofibromatosis type 1
  • Whether the glioma has just been diagnosed or has recurred (come back).

Brain Stem Glioma: A Summary

Key information about brain stem glioma includes the following:
  • Childhood brain stem glioma is a disease in which benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous) cells form in the tissues of the brain stem
  • The cause of most childhood brain tumors, including brain stem glioma, is unknown
  • The signs and symptoms vary, depending on the child's age and where the tumor is located
  • Tests that examine the brain and spinal cord are used to find childhood brain stem glioma
  • The tumor is diagnosed and removed in surgery
  • Certain factors affect the prognosis and treatment options.
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