Thalamic Astrocytoma and Hypothalamic Astrocytoma in Children

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What are thalamic and hypothalamic astrocytomas?

Thalamic and hypothalamic astrocytomas are a type of glioma, which is a type of brain tumor that arises in the brain’s glial or supportive tissues. Thalamic and hypothalamic astrocytomas develop in the thalamus – a deep-lying part of the brain responsible for identification of sensation, such as temperature, pain and touch, and a relay center for movement; or the hypothalamus – the brain area just below the thalamus responsible for hormone functioning, body temperature, sleep and appetite. Sometimes these tumors can invade both areas.

How Dana-Farber/Boston Children's approaches thalamic and hypothalamic astrocytomas

Children and adolescents with thalamic or hypothalamic astrocytoma are treated at the Glioma Program at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, one of the largest and most experienced pediatric glioma programs in the world. Our brain tumor specialists – a team of neuro-oncologists, surgeons, pathologists and radiation oncologists – focus solely on the care of children diagnosed with brain tumors. The Glioma Program also offers families the chance to have their child's tumor molecularly profiled (as long as a biopsy can be taken), which may help identify opportunities for targeted treatment.

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Find in-depth information on thalamic and hypothalamic astrocytoma on the Dana-Farber/Boston Children's website, including details on thalamic and hypothalamic astrocytoma symptoms, treatment and more.

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