Secondary cancer after a brain tumour

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Read about the occurrence of secondary cancer after brain tumour treatment in your child. Find out what the risk factors are, how it will be screened and what can be done.

Key points

  • Radiation therapy and chemotherapy can cause changes in normal cells which may increase the risk of a new cancer developing over time.
  • In some cases, certain genetic conditions can be connected to brain tumours and may also increase the chance of a second tumour developing.
  • After treatment for a brain tumour, children will need regular check-ups and screenings for their entire lives to detect any problems early.
  • A healthy lifestyle is important for preventing adult cancers.
Last updated: January 10th 2022