Meningioma is a usually benign (non-cancerous), slow-growing tumor originating in the meninges, the membrane layer covering the brain and spinal cord.
Children with meningioma are treated at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's
through the Brain
Tumor Center, one of the largest and most experienced pediatric brain tumor
treatment programs in the world. Our brain tumor specialists have
extensive expertise in treating all types of brain tumors, including meningioma. Our patients receive care from neuro-oncologists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, and pediatric subspecialists.
Many patients with meningiomas have no symptoms and require no treatment other than periodic observation. If symptoms do arise, they typically include:
Meningioma symptoms may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.
When a meningioma is suspected, diagnostic imaging can be used for diagnosis.
This may include:
After all tests are completed, doctors will be able to outline the best treatment options.
Specific meningioma treatments may include:
How are progressive or recurrent meningioma treated?
Depending upon the site of the recurrence, surgery usually will be performed again. If this is not possible, or if the tumor cannot be removed, radiotherapy may be considered.
U.S. News & World Report ranked Dana-Farber/Boston Children's the #1 pediatric cancer hospital in the nation.