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Childhood Brain Tumor Prevention and Screening

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Childhood Brain Tumor Screening

Cancer screening exams are important medical tests done when you’re at risk but don’t have symptoms. They help find cancer at its earliest stage, when the chances for successful treatment are highest.

Unfortunately, no standardized screening tests have been shown to improve childhood brain tumor outcomes.

Childhood Brain Tumor Risk Factors

Anything that increases your child’s chance of getting a brain tumor is a risk factor. While no definite risk factors have been found for childhood brain tumors, some things may put your child at increased risk, including:

  • Radiation exposure, particularly if your child was treated with radiation to the brain for leukemia. This late effect usually is seen between 10 to 15 years after treatment.
  • Rare inherited genetic conditions, including:
    • Tuberous sclerosis
    • Neurofibromatosis types 1 and 2
    • Von Hippel-Lindau disease
    • Li-Fraumeni syndrome
  • Other diseases that run in certain families, including: 
    • Turcot syndrome
    • Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome
    • Gorlin syndrome (basal cell nevus syndrome)

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

Why Choose MD Anderson?

  • Leading-edge treatments including proton therapy, Gamma Knife radiosurgery, targeted therapies
  • Advanced surgical techniques to avoid damage to critical areas, including functional MRI and BrainSuite®
  • Range of clinical trials of innovative therapies for newly diagnosed and relapsed brain tumors
  • We see more types of cancer than any other children’s hospital in Texas
  • Family-centered care that actively involves parents in their child’s treatment
  • Comprehensive support services

Childhood Brain Tumor Knowledge Center

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