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Childhood Astrocytomas Treatment (PDQ®)

Stage Information for Childhood Astrocytomas

There is no generally recognized staging system for childhood astrocytomas. For the purposes of this summary, childhood astrocytomas will be described as follows:

  • Low-grade astrocytoma—grades I and II (e.g., pilocytic astrocytomas and diffuse fibrillary astrocytomas).
    • Newly diagnosed.
    • Recurrent.
  • High-grade astrocytoma—grades III and IV (anaplastic astrocytomas and glioblastoma).
    • Newly diagnosed.
    • Recurrent.
  • Updated: December 11, 2014