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Medulloblastoma is a type of brain tumor that is primarily found in children or young adults between the ages of 21 and 40.  It usually forms in the cerebellum, which is located at the lower back of the brain. The cerebellum is the part of the brain that controls:
 
  • Movement
  • Balance
  • Posture.
 
Roughly one out of five childhood brain tumors is a medulloblastoma.
 
Common symptoms include:
 
  • Loss of balance
  • Headaches
  • Change in energy level.
 
Treatment options will depend on several factors, such as the size and location of the tumor. In general, treatment may involve things like:
 
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Surgery
  • Cerebrospinal fluid diversion.
 
(Click Medulloblastoma for more information on this topic, including the factors that affect a person's prognosis.)
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