Low-grade gliomas

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Read about the many different types of low-grade gliomas, including cerebellar, optic, brainstem, hemispheric, thalamic, and spinal cord.

Key points

  • A low-grade glioma is the most common brain tumour in children. They can occur in several different places including the cerebellum, brainstem and spinal cord.
  • Common symptoms of a low-grade glioma are headaches, vomiting, and double vision, depending on the location of the tumour.
  • The causes of a low-grade glioma are unknown but children with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) have a slightly increased risk.
  • Well-established diagnostic tests are used to see if a brain tumour is causing your child's symptoms.
  • Treatment options for low-grade gliomas may include surgery, chemotherapy, targeted agents and very rarely radiation.
  • The outcome depends on many factors however the outcome for most low-grade gliomas is good.
  • Molecular alterations of low-grade gliomas are impacting how we diagnose, treat and observe these tumours
Last updated: January 6th 2022