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What every parent needs to know about brain tumors in children

BY: David Prakash Kumar | Category: Food and Drinks | Post Date: 2009-10-25

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Brain tumors are the second most common tumors in children next to leukemia in the number of patients present. Brain tumors can affect children in any age group. It is one of the most devastating diagnoses that a child can have. The shock and the effect on the parents are tremendous. Though there are difficulties present, it need not be fatal all the time. This article tells what every parent needs to know about brain tumors in children.


The peak incidence is at about 10 years of age, but it can be present in any age. Male children are affected more than girls. The majority of the tumors in the children's brain are present in the posterior aspect of the brain which is mainly composed of the cerebellum and the brain stem.

Classification of brain tumors:

What every parent needs to know about the classification of brain tumors in children is that the prognosis of the brain tumor depends on the type of tumor that is present in the child. The common types of tumors are:

1. Cerebellar astro cytoma.
2. Medullo blastoma
3. Brain stem glioma
4. Ependymoma
5. Cranio pharyngioma
6. Cerebral tumors
7. Optic nerve glioma

Clinical manifestation of a tumor:

When a child has brain tumor, the common symptoms that can be present include

1. Headaches: The head ache can be present in different parts of the head depending on the type of brain tumor.

2. Vomiting: Vomiting is another important sign of brain tumor. This kind of vomiting is not preceded by any kind of nausea.

3. The other symptoms can include varying degrees of brain damage. There can be cerebral problems or cerebellar problems depending on the area of the brain that has been affected by the tumor. There can be some cranial nerve damage present.


The most common treatments possible for brain tumor in children include surgery where the tumor is removed. The other treatments include radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Surgical removal is the most common method of treatment for any brain tumor. This is so because it will help in preventing any secondary tumors from occurring.


Early diagnosis and treatment are the best methods of saving the child from complications. So every parent should try to tale the child to a pediatrician or a neurologist if there is vomiting and headache that has no reason. There are various diagnostic methods present that will help to identify the presence or absence of tumor in the brain.

End notes:

Though the diagnosis of brain tumor can affect the parents as well as the children, it is the time spent with the child that is very important both for the child as well as the parents. Make sure that you spend good quality time and make the child happy. The parents should try to savor each of the joyful moment spent with the child. Even if things go wrong, the parents can be very happy with the thought that they have had a good time with the child and did what they could for the happiness of the child.

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About Author / Additional Info: I am a physiotherapist and also a freelance writer. I have been writing for many blogs and websites and also take up freelance assignments. Comments are welcome at prakashdavid@rediffmail.com

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