Joining two successful professional careers and two complementary experiences, one focused on Oncology and the other on Interventional Neuroradiology, has allowed the Instituto de Oncología Intervencionista (Interventionist Oncology Institute) to find new ways of using multiple techniques, procedures, and medications to treat different types of cancer such as DIPG.
Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma is a type of brain tumor found in an area of the brainstem known as the pons.
DIFFUSE means that the tumor grows out into other tissue so that cancer cells mix with healthy cells.
PONTINE indicates that the tumor is found in a part of the brainstem called the pons.
GLIOMA is a general term for tumors originating from glial cells. They make up the white matter of the brain that surrounds and supports the neurons.
Children with a brain stem glioma may experience the following symptoms or signs:
*Double vision or not being able to close the eyelids.
*Drooping of the face.
*Difficulty chewing and swallowing food.
*Weakness in the arms and legs, clumsiness or wobbliness, and difficulty walking.
If you are concerned about any changes your child experiences, please talk with your child’s doctor. The doctor will ask how long and how often your child has been experiencing the symptom(s), in addition to other questions. This is to help figure out the cause of the problem.
If brain stem glioma is diagnosed, relieving symptoms remains an important part of care and treatment. Be sure to talk with the health care team about the symptoms your child experiences, including any new symptoms or a change in symptoms.
At IDOI MEXICO, we are working to learn more about brain stem glioma, how to treat it best, and how to provide the best care to children diagnosed with brain stem glioma.