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Childhood Brain Tumors

What Are the Key Statistics about Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors in Children?

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Brain and spinal cord tumors are the second most common cancers in children (after leukemia). They account for about 21% of childhood cancers. Around 4,000 central nervous system tumors are diagnosed each year in children and teens. About one fourth of these are considered benign tumors. The incidence rate (number per 100,000 children) of these cancers has not changed much in recent years.

Boys are affected slightly more often than are girls.

About 3 out of 4 children with brain tumors (all...

Brain and spinal cord tumors are the second most common cancers in children (after leukemia). They account for about 21% of childhood cancers. Around 4,000 central nervous system tumors are diagnosed each year in children and teens. About one...

Childhood Brain Tumors

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Children with brain tumors have symptoms and needs that differ considerably from their adult counterparts - they are not simply tiny versions of an adult. Their developing bodies and brains require special care. Throughout their treatment and years of follow‑up, their healthcare team will include specialists from a wide variety of disciplines such as pediatric neurology, pediatric neurosurgery, pediatric endocrinology, ophthalmology, psychology, child life, social work, nursing...