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Radiation After Surgery Triples Survival For A Type Of Pediatric Brain Tumor

(St. Jude Children’s) Mar 1, 2019 - Radiation immediately following surgery in children with ependymoma, the third most common pediatric brain tumor, can nearly triple survival.

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Howard Sandler, MD, MS, FASTRO (Posted: March 05, 2019)

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This COG study (of about 350 pediatric ependymoma patients) identified a benefit to RT even in the very young, <3 year old, patients with ependymoma. While RT is clearly risky when given to the very young, tumor recurrence in the posterior fossa is also associated with adverse effects. One could probably argue that carefully delivered posterior fossa RT is less toxic approach if local control can be substantially improved as was apparent in this large COG study. Congratulations to the pediatric brain tumor community.

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