This article originally appeared on the Dana-Farber Insight blog.
Brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children under age 10 and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in people under 20. Brain cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to treat, but researchers at Dana Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center are working towards increasing survival rates dramatically in the years ahead.
Although survival rates for children with some types of brain tumors have risen over the past 30 years, current research aims to increase those rates dramatically in the years ahead. Scientists are focusing on the basic genetic and genomic errors that spawn tumors, and at the elements of the tumor “microenvironment” — the web of tissues and substances that surround tumors — to better understand the origins of brain cancers and how they may be combated in the future.
Some recent advances include:
The Brain Tumor Center's Peter Manley, MD, discusses the issues that survivors of childhood brain cancers should know.
U.S. News & World Report ranked Dana-Farber/Boston Children's the #1 pediatric cancer hospital in the nation.