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Medulloblastoma

Our Approach

Using a team approach that brings together experts from many areas, MD Anderson's Children's Cancer Hospital customizes each child's care plan, incorporating the very latest in techniques and technology. This can make a crucial difference in your child's chances for successful treatment and recovery.

Your child's personal team of physicians utilizes the latest diagnosis and treatment options. Since they specialize only in pediatric oncology, they have a high degree of knowledge and experience with the issues that matter to children and their families.

Also working with your child will be a highly trained and specialized support staff. Both physicians and staff follow your child from diagnosis through survivorship.

Renowned Care, Research

Medulloblastoma is the most common malignant brain tumor in children. While these tumors may look similar under the microscope, research has shown they belong to four subtypes. Our team of leading neuro-oncologists, neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists and neuroscientists has the experience to personalize treatment based on each tumor's subtype. This increases the chances for successful treatment.

The Children's Cancer Hospital offers clinical trials for innovative new treatments for medulloblastoma. And, behind the scenes we are working on groundbreaking basic science research to change the future of pediatric cancer.

Treating the Whole Child

Children's Cancer Hospital is designed just for children, with a full range of services and amenities that help make the child and family's experience as comfortable as possible. We go beyond medical care to deliver a comprehensive experience that treats the whole child.

And at Children's Cancer Hospital, you're surrounded by the strength of one of the nation's top cancer centers.

If your child has been diagnosed with medulloblastoma, we're here to help. Call 1-877-632-6789 to make an appointment or request an appointment online.

Why Choose MD Anderson?

  • Personalized multidisciplinary team approach
  • Leading-edge technology and treatments, including proton therapy, functional MRI, Gamma Knife, targeted therapies
  • Surgical expertise of top pediatric neurosurgeons
  • Range of clinical trials of innovative therapies, including personalized targeted therapies
  • Family-centered care, comprehensive support services

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"Cancer is a harrowing experience, but it enables you to appreciate the important things in life — your family, your friends, your health and today."

Medulloblastoma Survivor Debra Globe

Medulloblastoma Facts

While medulloblastoma is rare, it is the most common pediatric malignant (cancerous) brain tumor. About 20% of childhood brain tumors are medulloblastomas.

According to the American Cancer Society, about 500 children are diagnosed with medulloblastoma each year in the United States. Most are between the ages of 3 and 8, and the disease is more common in boys.

Medulloblastomas start in the cerebellum, in the region of the brain at the base of the skull called the posterior fossa. This is the part of the brain that controls balance and other complex motor functions.

While medulloblastomas often grow quickly and spreads to other parts of the body, especially the bones or bone marrow, they usually respond well to treatment.


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