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Treatment options for brain tumours in children


Following admission to a neurosurgical unit all children must have a brain and spine MRI and blood should be sent for tumour markers. Steroids may be commenced to reduce swelling around the tumour and any hydrocephalus treated (by shunt or ventriculostomy or removal of tumour).All cases should be discussed with an oncologist and a plan should be made for excision or biopsy of the tumour. Occasionally some tumours may be treated with chemotherapy or radiotherapy as a first line.