Subscribe for daily wellness inspiration

Like onlymyhealth on Facebook!

What is the treatment for Childhood Astrocytoma?

By  ,  National Institute of Health
Jan 10, 2013
4.8 / 5(4 Ratings)

There are different types of treatment for patients with childhood astrocytoma.


Different types of treatment are available for children with astrocytomas. Some treatments are standard (the currently used treatment), and some are being tested in clinical trials. A treatment clinical trial is a research study meant to help improve current treatments or obtain information on new treatments for patients with cancer. When clinical trials show that a new treatment is better than the standard treatment, the new treatment may become the standard treatment.


Because cancer in children is rare, taking part in a clinical trial should be considered. Some clinical trials are open only to patients who have not started treatment.


Children with astrocytomas should have their treatment planned by a team of health care providers who are experts in treating childhood brain tumors.


Treatment will be overseen by a pediatric oncologist, a doctor who specializes in treating children with cancer. The pediatric oncologist works with other healthcare providers who are experts in treating children with brain tumors and who specialize in certain areas of medicine. These may include the following specialists:

  • Pediatric neurosurgeon
  • Neurologist
  • Neuropathologist
  • Neuroradiologist
  • Rehabilitation specialist
  • Radiation oncologist
  • Endocrinologist
  • Psychologist

Childhood brain tumors may cause symptoms that begin before diagnosis and continue for months or years.

Symptoms caused by the tumor may begin before diagnosis. These symptoms may continue for months or years. It is important to talk with your child's doctors about symptoms caused by the tumor, that may continue after treatment.


Some cancer treatments cause side effects months or years after treatment has ended.
Side effects from cancer treatment that begin during or after treatment and continue for months or years are called late effects.

 

Late effects of cancer treatment may include the following:

  • Physical problems
  • Changes in mood, feelings, thinking, learning, or memory
  • Second cancers (new types of cancer)

Some late effects may be treated or controlled. It is important to talk with your child's doctors about the effects cancer treatment can have on your child.


Five types of standard treatment are used:


Surgery

 

Surgery is used to diagnose and treat childhood astrocytoma as discussed in the General Information section of this summary. If cancer cells remain after surgery, further treatment depends on:

  • Where the remaining cancer cells are
  • The grade of the tumor
  • Age of the child

Even if the doctor removes all the cancer that can be seen at the time of the surgery, some patients may be given chemotherapy or radiation therapy after surgery to kill any cancer cells that are left. Treatment given after the surgery, to lower the risk that the cancer will come back, is called adjuvant therapy.

 

Watchful waiting


Watchful waiting is closely monitoring a patient’s condition without giving any treatment until symptoms appear or change. Watchful waiting is often used for patients who have neurofibromatosis type1 or a tumor that is not growing and spreading.

 

Radiation therapy


Radiation therapy is a cancer treatment that uses high-ener...

Related Articles
4.8 / 5(4 Ratings)
Write a Review
Post a Comment
Disclaimer +
Though all possible measures have been taken to ensure accuracy, reliability, timeliness and authenticity of the information; Onlymyhealth assumes no liability for the same. Using any information of this website is at the viewers’ risk. Please be informed that we are not responsible for advice/tips given by any third party in form of comments on article pages . If you have or suspect having any medical condition, kindly contact your professional health care provider.