Choroid plexus brain tumors arise from the choroid plexus, tissue located in the spaces of the brain called ventricles. This tissue makes cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord.
Having a tumor in the brain is always a very serious matter, and a choroid plexus tumor is no exception. However, most children and adolescents who have been diagnosed with one survive into adulthood. Many of them face physical, psychological, social and intellectual challenges related to their treatment, and these patients require ongoing care to help with school and with skills they will use throughout adulthood.
As you read on, you’ll find detailed information about choroid plexus tumors. If you would like to read more general information about brain tumors first, see our overview on brain tumors.
How Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s approaches choroid plexus tumor
Children with choroid plexus brain tumors are treated through the Brain Tumor Center at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, an integrated pediatric oncology program through Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital that provides—in one specialized program—all the services of both a leading cancer center and a pediatric hospital.
After treatment, your child will receive expert pediatric brain tumor survivorship care through the Stop & Shop Family Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Outcomes Clinic at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where he will be able to meet with his neurosurgeon, radiation oncologist, pediatric neuro-oncologist and neurologist at the same follow-up visit.
The No. 1 predictor of how a child will do in an operation is not based on where the tumor is or how big it is. The No. 1 predictor is how experienced the neurosurgeon is in doing that operation in children.
Mark Kieran, MD, PhD, director of the Brain Tumor Center
Reviewed by Susan Chi, MD
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