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Childhood Central Nervous System Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumor Treatment (PDQ®)

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Last Modified: 04/04/2014

Stages of Central Nervous System Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumor



There is no standard staging system for central nervous system atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor.

The extent or spread of cancer is usually described as stages. There is no standard staging system for central nervous system atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor. This tumor is classified as newly diagnosed or recurrent. Treatment depends on how much cancer remains after surgery and the age of the child. Results from the following procedures are used to plan treatment:

  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging): A procedure that uses a magnet, radio waves, and a computer to make a series of detailed pictures of areas inside the brain and spinal cord. This procedure is also called nuclear magnetic resonance imaging (NMRI).

  • Lumbar puncture : A procedure used to collect cerebrospinal fluid from the spinal column. This is done by placing a needle into the spinal column. This procedure is also called an LP or spinal tap.