- Brain tumors are the leading cancer cause of death in children under the age of 20.
- Approximately 3,000 children are diagnosed with brain tumors in the United States each year.
- Brain tumors can be malignant or benign, and in either case can be life threatening.
- Because brain tumors are located at the control center for thought, emotion, and movement, their effects can be devastating.
- The standard treatments for brain tumors include surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy, used either individually or in combination.
- Brain tumors in children are different from those in adults and are often treated differently.
- Enhancing the quality of life of people with brain tumors requires access to quality specialty care, clinical trials, follow-up care, and rehabilitative services.
- Improving the outlook for children with brain tumors requires research into the causes of and better treatments of brain tumors.