Brain tumors in childhood present major challenges in treatment, and in the impact of the disease and its treatment on the quality of life of the patient and the family. There has been substantial focus on understanding the mechanisms of disease, and on refining treatment and increasing awareness of the morbidity and of the social and developmental impacts of these tumors on the child and the family.
The 2009 POGO Multi-Disciplinary Symposium on Childhood Cancer – Childhood Brain Tumors: New Perspectives – considered aspects of causation, from a molecular and genetic perspective, surgical, radiation, and chemotherapeutic advances, new concepts in rehabilitation and mitigation of neurocognitive impact, particularities of psychosocial care for both patient and caregivers, the impacts on the developmental trajectory, and palliative care. In short, it offered a 360 degree view of childhood CNS tumors in 2009 – the whole patient and the context in which the brain tumor journey is undertaken.
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