Brain tumor most common cause of death in childhood tumor diseases

Experts provide information about brain tumors in children and adolescents

"Around 400 children and adolescents get a brain tumor in Germany each year" and "Brain tumors are still the most common cause of death among childhood cancer," said the joint press release by the German Childhood Cancer Foundation (DKS) with the Augsburg Clinic and the Medical Faculty of the University of Augsburg.

At the patient conference of the nationwide HIT treatment network for children and adolescents with brain tumors, the experts in Augsburg will provide information, among other things, on the latest approaches to diagnostics, individualized therapies and aftercare. The funding of studies in the HIT treatment network is one of the main funding areas of the German Childhood Cancer Foundation, with the hope of further improving the opportunities for those affected. The treatment network was launched by the DKS together with the Society for Pediatric Cancer Medicine (GPOH) and the experts report annually on the latest findings at a congress.

Every fifth cancer in children is a brain tumor

In Germany, brain tumors with around 400 new cases each year make up around 20 percent of all malignant tumor diseases in children. The treatment options are often very limited, not least because the diseases are only discovered at a late stage. In addition to individualized therapy and pediatric neurosurgery, the HIT network conference therefore focuses on precise diagnostics. Follow-up care and the (re) entry into school and work will also be discussed at the conference.

Conference is to provide information about brain tumors in children

Around “450 doctors, scientists, documentaries, employees of the psychosocial services, nursing staff as well as patients and affected parents from all over Germany” are expected to attend the conference on “Brain tumors in children and adolescents”. It is organized by the German Childhood Cancer Foundation in cooperation with the Swabian Childhood Cancer Center at the Augsburg Clinic and the Medical Faculty of the University of Augsburg. Professor Dr. Dr. med. Michael C. Frühwald and Dr. Astrid K. Gnekow from the Clinic for Children and Adolescents at the Swabian Children's Cancer Center Augsburg.

Open dialogue with the experts

A central concern of the conference is to respond to the fears and needs of the families affected. The conference is intended to enable those affected and their parents to have an open dialogue with the experts, according to the German Childhood Cancer Foundation. The HIT network is funded by the DKS with an average of around three million euros annually and organizes “eight therapy optimization studies nationwide for the individual brain tumor types with cross-study reference facilities for neuropathology, neuroradiology, CSF diagnostics and radiation therapy”. The goal is to make significant progress in diagnostics and therapy. (fp)

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