Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma: Brain Tumor?

Delaney Starcher is a five-year-old little girl who was diagnosed with a Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma on Oct 29th 2009. Someone, probably her mother, a relative or a friend, posted an article on caringbridge.org asking surfers to pray for a miracle and donate money to support her treatment.
What is this type of Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma cancer? Is it a brain tumor? Can it be cured?

asked by Cody in Diseases & Conditions | 3787 views | 11-30-2009 at 01:42 AM

A diffuse pontine glioma or brainstem glioma is a high-grade, or malignant, tumor. This type of tumor arises in the glial (supportive) tissue of the lowest, stem-like part of the brain, which controls many vital functions. Diffuse pontine gliomas account for 10-15 percent of all childhood central nervous system tumors. The median age at diagnosis is 5 to 9 years old, and these tumors occur with equal frequency in boys and girls.

How do you know that a child has a diffuse pontine glioma?

Doctors and other medical professionals will use well-established diagnostic tests to see if a brain tumour is causing your child’s symptoms. These tests will include a physical examination, and brain scans such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The diagnosis is usually made based on the signs and symptoms in your child, and on the results of the MRI study. When the tumour looks typical on an MRI, a biopsy is not necessary. If the tumour looks unusual, a biopsy may be required. Although a biopsy may be considered by some centres to help with diagnosis, surgery is not part of the treatment plan for this type of tumour.

answered by Larry | 11-30-2009 at 01:47 AM

A biopsy is not required nor is it recommended for this type of tumor.

answered by Guest | 12-08-2009 at 01:46 PM

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