Brain tumours: Looking aheadBBrain tumours: Looking aheadBrain tumours: Looking aheadEnglishNeurologyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BrainNervous systemNAAdult (19+)NA2009-08-14T04:00:00ZEric Bouffet, MD, FRCPC8.0000000000000062.0000000000000401.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Important information on some of the side effects that your child may experience from brain tumour therapy, and how they are treated.</p><p>It is natural for parents to wonder and worry about what their child’s life will be like in the coming years and into adulthood. Both the tumour and the treatment can have long-term effects. </p> <p>We cannot provide a clear picture of what the future might hold for your child. The future depends on your child’s situation as well on your family environment. However, we can describe some of the possible effects that your child may experience, and give you information on how they are screened, managed, and treated. This is why it is important for your child to regularly come to follow-up clinics, even as an adult. </p> <p>Some children may develop health or learning problems that have a long-lasting impact. Some problems appear during treatment. Others can appear months or even years later. These are called late effects. Some of these long-term effects may be serious. However, a tumour that is not treated may be immediately harmful or life-threatening. </p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>Factors that impact the long-term effects of a brain tumour include: the type and location of tumour; age at diagnosis and treatment; type and intensity of treatment.</li> <li>Your child should attend floow-up visits to determine long-term effects of treatment.</li> <li>Brain tumours can affect learning, mental health, physical abilities, senses, growth, puberty and fertility.</li></ul>
Tumeurs cérébrales : Les prochaines annéesTTumeurs cérébrales : Les prochaines annéesBrain tumours: Looking aheadFrenchNeurologyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BrainNervous systemNAAdult (19+)NA2009-08-14T04:00:00ZEric Bouffet, MD, FRCPC8.0000000000000062.0000000000000401.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Sachez les conséquences d'une tumeur cérébrale et comment vivre avec une tumeur cérébrale. Consultez aussi les effets à long terme d'une tumeur du cerveau.</p><p>Il est normal pour des parents de se poser des questions et d’être préoccupés quant à la question de savoir à quoi ressemblera la vie de leur enfant dans les prochaines années et dans la vie adulte. La tumeur et le traitement peuvent tous deux avoir des effets à long terme.</p> <p>Nous ne pouvons pas vous donner une idée précise de ce que l’avenir réserve à votre enfant. L’avenir dépend de l’état de votre enfant et de votre environnement familial. Cependant, nous pouvons décrire certains des possibles effets que pourrait subir votre enfant et vous fournir des renseignements sur la façon dont ils sont dépistés, atténués et traités. C’est pourquoi il est important que votre enfant vienne régulièrement à des cliniques de suivi, même quand il sera devenu un adulte. </p> <p>Certains enfants peuvent développer des problèmes de santé ou d’apprentissage qui ont des répercussions à long terme. Certains problèmes se présentent pendant le traitement. D’autres peuvent se déclarer des mois ou même des années plus tard. C’est ce que l’on appelle des séquelles. Certains de ces effets à long terme peuvent être graves. Cependant, une tumeur non traitée peut immédiatement causer du tort ou constituer un danger de mort. </p><h2>À retenir</h2> <ul><li>Les facteurs qui peuvent avoir des répercussions à long terme sur les effets d’une tumeur cérébrale comprennent : le type et la localisation de la tumeur, l’âge au moment du diagnostic et du traitement ainsi que le type et l’intensité du traitement.</li> <li>Votre enfant devra faire des visites de suivi afin de déterminer les effets à long terme de son traitement.</li> <li>Les tumeurs cérébrales peuvent affecter les capacités d’apprentissage, la santé mentale, les habiletés physiques, les sens, la croissance, la puberté et la fertilité.</li></ul>

 

 

Brain tumours: Looking ahead1419.00000000000Brain tumours: Looking aheadBrain tumours: Looking aheadBEnglishNeurologyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BrainNervous systemNAAdult (19+)NA2009-08-14T04:00:00ZEric Bouffet, MD, FRCPC8.0000000000000062.0000000000000401.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Important information on some of the side effects that your child may experience from brain tumour therapy, and how they are treated.</p><p>It is natural for parents to wonder and worry about what their child’s life will be like in the coming years and into adulthood. Both the tumour and the treatment can have long-term effects. </p> <p>We cannot provide a clear picture of what the future might hold for your child. The future depends on your child’s situation as well on your family environment. However, we can describe some of the possible effects that your child may experience, and give you information on how they are screened, managed, and treated. This is why it is important for your child to regularly come to follow-up clinics, even as an adult. </p> <p>Some children may develop health or learning problems that have a long-lasting impact. Some problems appear during treatment. Others can appear months or even years later. These are called late effects. Some of these long-term effects may be serious. However, a tumour that is not treated may be immediately harmful or life-threatening. </p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>Factors that impact the long-term effects of a brain tumour include: the type and location of tumour; age at diagnosis and treatment; type and intensity of treatment.</li> <li>Your child should attend floow-up visits to determine long-term effects of treatment.</li> <li>Brain tumours can affect learning, mental health, physical abilities, senses, growth, puberty and fertility.</li></ul><p>Several factors have an impact on the long-term effects your child may experience. These include:</p> <ul> <li> the type of tumour and where it is located in the brain</li> <li> the age at which your child was diagnosed and treated</li> <li> the type and intensity of treatment</li></ul> <figure> <span class="">Radiation Dosage Map <img /> <figcaption class="“asset-image-caption”">High doses of radiation may be directly targeted at a brain tumour, but surrounding areas in the brain may receive low doses of radiation. This may cause side effects.</figcaption> </figure> <p>Your treatment team will advise you on the long-term effects that your child may develop. One point to keep in mind is that treatments have changed over the years in an attempt to reduce these problems. The long-term effects we see today in adults who had brain tumours as children are the result of treatments from many years ago. They may not give you an accurate picture of what your child will experience when they grow up. </p> <p>It is important to have your child attend follow-up visits to determine any long-term effects. We may not know the extent of damage from chemotherapy or radiation for many years. </p> <p>Long-term effects can include problems in the areas listed below. Although the list may seem long, many of these problems are rare and most are unlikely to happen to your child. Also, some effects only happen with certain types of tumours or treatments. This information should be seen as a reference guide about what to watch for, not a sign of what will happen. </p> <p>Over the long term, a brain tumour may affect:</p> <ul> <li> learning</li> <li> quality of life and mental health (psychological functioning)</li> <li> physical abilities</li> <li> hearing</li> <li> vision </li> <li> growth</li> <li> puberty and fertility</li></ul> <p>Other possible long-term effects of a brain tumour include:</p> <ul> <li> secondary cancer </li> <li> thyroid gland problems </li> <li> weak bones (osteoporosis)</li> <li> obesity (weight problems) </li> <li> adrenal gland problems</li> <li> diabetes insipidus </li> <li> kidney and bladder problems </li></ul> <p>We are still determining some of the long-term side effects of brain tumours which are not yet known. Better knowledge may impact how we treat brain tumours in the future. </p>Brain tumours: Looking ahead

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