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Authoritative information and practical advice from the nation's cancer experts about childhood brain stem glioma and pontine glioma. Starting with the basics, and advancing to detailed patient-oriented and physician-quality information, this comprehensive compilation gives empowered patients, families, caregivers, nurses, and physicians the information they need to understand the diagnosis and treatment of this diseases. Conveniently organized contents include: Cellular Classification * Stage Information * Treatment Option Overview * Untreated Childhood Brain Stem Glioma Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomas * Treatment options under clinical evaluation * Focal or Low-grade Brain Stem Gliomas * Neurofibromatosis * Current Clinical Trials * Recurrent Childhood Brain Stem Glioma Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomas * Focal or low-grade brain stem gliomas * Treatment Options Under Clinical Evaluation * Current Clinical Trials * Glossary * Late effects of treatment for childhood cancer * Pediatric supportive care. Brain stem gliomas are classified according to their location, radiographic appearance, and histology (when obtained). Brain stem gliomas may occur in the pons, midbrain, tectum, dorsum of the medulla at the cervicomedullary junction, or in multiple regions of the brain stem. The tumor may contiguously involve the cerebellar peduncles, cerebellum, the cervical spinal cord, and/or thalamus. The majority of childhood brain stem gliomas are diffuse, fibrillary astrocytomas that involve the pons (diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas [DIPG]), often with contiguous involvement of other brain stem sites.[1,2] The prognosis is extremely poor for these tumors. The biology of diffuse pontine glioma is limited by the lack of pathological tissue available for study, but this is slowly being remedied by occasional upfront biopsies or analysis of immediate postmortem autopsy specimens.
Extensive supplements, with over forty chapters gathered from our Cancer Toolkit series and other reports, cover a broad range of cancer and health care topics useful to cancer patients. This edition includes our exclusive Guide to Leading Medical Websites with updated links to 81 of the best sites for medical information, which let you quickly check for updates from the government and the best commercial portals, news sites, reference/textbook/non-commercial portals, and health organizations. Supplemental coverage includes: Clinical Trials Background Information, Workbook; In-Depth Program; Clinical Trials at NIH; How To Find A Cancer Treatment Trial; Taking Part in Cancer Treatment Research Studies; Access to Investigational Drugs; Taking Time: Support for People with Cancer; Facing Forward - Life After Cancer Treatment; When Someone You Love Is Being Treated For Cancer; Living Beyond Cancer: Finding a New Balance; Caring for the Caregiver; Young People With Cancer, A Handbook For Parents; When Cancer Returns; When Someone You Love Has Advanced Cancer / Support for Caregivers; Chemotherapy; Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects; Follow-up Care After Cancer Treatment; Radiation Therapy; Managing Radiation Therapy Side Effects; Cancer and the Environment; Cancer Resources; Online Cancer Fraud; FDA Office of Oncology Drug Products; HIPAA Privacy Rule; Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA - Understanding Obamacare and Options, Plans, Programs, Bill of Rights.

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