Brainstem gliomas in childhood are also known as or subsume Brainstem astrocytomas in childhood, Brainstem tumors in childhood, and Pontine gliomas in childhood. -ed
The management of brainstem gliomas remains problematic. Approximately 80% of children have diffuse, intrinsic pontine tumors, which carry a dismal prognosis. Children with cervicomedullary and tectal tumors have markedly better outcomes. Dr. Roger Packer of Children’s National Medical Center reviews outcomes after recent clinical trials and new biologic insights that open exciting innovative avenues of molecularly-targeted treatment.