Long Term Effects of Pediatric Brain Radiation Therapy

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Last Modified: September 18, 2013

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Question

Are there any long term effects on children who are treated for brain cancer and cured?

Connie Didomenico, CRNP, Nurse Practitioner in Neuro-Oncology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, responds:

Answer

The long term effects of children treated for brain cancer depends on many factors including any effects from surgery including complications from surgery; if radiation is used: long term effects depend on age of the child when they receive radiation and where the radiation is given: whether it is given to a part of the brain or entire brain; as for long term effects of chemotherapy: this depends on the agents given.  You can learn more about long-term effects of all pediatric cancer therapies from CureSearch for Childre's Cancer.