Brain cancers account for about 15% of pediatric cancers and are the second most common type of cancer in children.Since the brain controls learning, memory, senses (hearing, visual, smell, taste, touch), emotions, muscles, organs, and blood vessels, the presentation of symptoms varies accordingly.
The prognosis of a brain tumor depends not only on the type, grade, and size of the tumor but on its location in the brain. Another reason that malignant brain tumors can be difficult to treat is that the blood-brain barrier prevents chemotherapy from entering the brain and reaching the tumor when given systemically.
Since young children often do not complain of the symptoms, The Instituto de Oncología Intervencionista (Interventionist Oncology Institute) urges parents to rely on their own observations of their child to be aware of signs and symptoms.
Children with brain tumors should be seen at a multi-disciplinary pediatric medical center, our IDOI team at Clinic 0-19 is made up of a group of specialists and researchers in different areas such as Oncology, Interventionist Neuroradiology, Pediatrics, Interventional Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, and Neurosurgery, among others.
Also, treat pediatric brain tumors is technically very demanding and should be carried out in centers that have experience in that area in order to ensure optimal results. With this in mind, IDOI works with the most important hospitals in Monterrey, Mexico.