• Types of Brain Tumors in Children

    Pediatric brain tumor doctor with patientIf your child has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, you will learn that there are many different brain tumor types and classifications based upon the tumor’s cell structure, composition, rate of growth, location, and other characteristics. The name and classification of the tumor may change as your doctor gains new information about your child’s brain tumor or if the tumor changes over time.

    The types of brain tumors that are most common in children are not the same as the most common adult brain tumors. Childhood brain tumors frequently appear in different locations and behave differently than brain tumors in adults.

    Read our overview of childhood brain tumors, or learn about specific types of brain tumors below.

    Types of Childhood Brain Tumors

    Choroid plexus tumors

    Germ cell tumors of the brain

    There are four stages or “grades” of gliomas, according to how the cells look under a microscope. Ordered from least severe to most severe, they are:

    Gliomas also can be named according to the type of glial cells involved or the location of the tumor. Glioma diagnoses include:

    Neural tumors


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