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Ganglioglioma is a rare brain tumor with both glial cells (responsible for providing the structural support of the central nervous system) and neuronal cells (the functioning component of the central nervous system).
At Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, our pediatric brain tumor specialists have extensive expertise in treating all types of gliomas, including ganglioglioma. Your child will receive care from a team of pediatric neuro-oncologists,
surgeons, pathologists, and radiation oncologists through our Childhood Glioma Program, part of our comprehensive Brain Tumor Center.
Gangliogliomas grow relatively slowly. A child may have been having symptoms for many months before diagnosis, or symptoms may appear more suddenly. Many children with gangliogliomas first present with seizures. Other symptoms include:
Ganglioglioma symptoms may resemble those of other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.
Your child’s doctor will order various diagnostic tests to form a complete and accurate diagnosis. Testing may include imaging studies, biopsy, and EEG.
A team of specialists will review the results and outline the best treatment options for your child’s situation.
Your child’s medical team will personalize a treatment plan for your child. Treatment may include:
The recommended treatment for progressive or recurrent ganglioglioma is radiation therapy.
Once treatment is complete, your child will receive continued care and support through our pediatric cancer survivorship programs, including the Stop & Shop Family Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Outcomes
Clinic for pediatric brain tumor survivors. These services address health and social issues, ranging from motor function evaluation and physical therapy to
return-to-school and learning programs.
Gangliogliomas are associated with a high survival rate. Cure rates improve when the tumor can be removed entirely with surgery.
We bring together an experienced team of pediatric cancer and neurology experts to diagnose and treat children with ganglioglioma. See a complete list of the specialists in our Childhood
Brain Tumor Center.
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