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Childhood Craniopharyngioma Treatment (PDQ®)

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Treatment Option Overview for Childhood Craniopharyngioma

Table 1. Treatment Options for Childhood Craniopharyngioma
Treatment GroupTreatment Options
Newly diagnosed childhood craniopharyngiomaRadical surgery with or without radiation therapy
Subtotal resection with radiation therapy
Primary cyst drainage with or without radiation therapy
Recurrent childhood craniopharyngiomaSurgery
Radiation therapy, including radiosurgery
Intracavitary instillation of radioactive P-32, bleomycin, or interferon-alpha, for those with cystic recurrences
Systemic interferon
  • Updated: January 15, 2015