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The most common tumors in children are found in the central nervous system, including those in the brain and spinal cord. There are many types of tumors and they each behave very differently. Tumors in children also differ from those found in adults.
There are tremendous differences among brain tumors in children; some have a very poor outlook while others can be cured with surgery alone. And, not all tumors of the brain or spine are cancerous, many are benign (noncancerous).
However, cancers of the central nervous system are the most frequent type of solid tumors in children, second only to the leukemias as the most common cancers in children. Each year in the U.S., 2,500-3,000 children are diagnosed with a tumor in the brain or spinal cord. Like most childhood cancers, the cause of these tumors is not known.
Brain tumors are the most common solid tumors of childhood, as common as leukemia. They also among the most challenging to diagnose and treat.There are tremendous differences among brain tumors in children; some have a very poor outlook while others can be cured with surgery alone.
Fortunately, Cook Children's oncology and neuro-oncology specialistss are among the nation's finest when it comes to treating brain tumors. And they have access to some of the newest medicines and surgeries available.
We treat brain and spinal cord tumors rom the rarest to the most common, including:
The cause of most childhood brain and spinal cord tumors is unknown.
The signs and symptoms of childhood brain and spinal cord tumors are not the same in every child. Signs and symptoms depend on the following:
Signs and symptoms may be caused by childhood brain and spinal cord tumors or by other conditions, including cancer that has spread to the brain. Check with your child's doctor if your child has any of the following:
In addition to these signs and symptoms of brain and spinal cord tumors, some children are unable to reach certain growth and development milestones such as sitting up, walking, and talking in sentences.
Our oncology and neuro-oncology teams work closely together to ensure that every child has the best care possible. That close collaboration includes our research teams so that clinical trials may be available to our patients.
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If your child has been diagnosed, you probably have lots of questions. We can help. If you would like to schedule an appointment, refer a patient or speak to our staff, please call our offices at 682-885-4007.