Effects of brain tumours and treatment on growth in childhood

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Find out how a brain tumour diagnosis and/or its treatment can impact your child’s growth and how the effects can be managed.

Key points

  • Children treated for brain tumours may experience impairment of growth.
  • Growth problems may be caused by the tumour itself, surgery, radiation or side effects of chemotherapy. They may also reflect other factors including timing of puberty and nutrition.
  • In some circumstances, growth hormone may be given to help maintain growth.
  • Research shows that growth hormone does not cause tumour cells to recur.
Last updated: January 10th 2022