Topics Discussed: brain tumor; brain tumor, childhood; infratentorial neoplasms; medical oncology.
Sections: Clinical Presentation, Diagnosis, Tumor Types, References.
Excerpt:"Pediatric brain tumors represent the second most common form of pediatric cancer and the most common solid malignancy. The most recent statistics available report findings from 2004, and they show that the incidence of pediatric brain tumors is approximately 1100 per year, representing 20% of all childhood cancers. These neoplasms also represent the second leading cause of cancer death in US children, and the sixth leading cause of death in US children overall.1,2 Survival for children with central nervous system (CNS) neoplasms, however, has dramatically risen over the past 30 years, with 5-year survival rates of 74%, up from 57% in 1977. Most of these results are due to a combination of improved chemotherapeutic regimens, more accurately targeted and dosed radiation, and safer, more accurate surgical resection techniques.1,3..."
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