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Childhood Brain Stem Glioma Treatment (PDQ®)

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Last Modified: 05/29/2014

Stages of Childhood Brain Stem Glioma



The plan for cancer treatment depends on whether the tumor is in one area of the brain or has spread all through the brain.

Staging is the process used to find out how much cancer there is and if cancer has spread. It is important to know the stage in order to plan treatment.

There is no standard staging system for childhood brain stem glioma. Treatment is based on the following:

These brain stem gliomas usually do not spread outside the brain stem.