Dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumor (DNT) in Children

  • If your child has been experiencing seizures that don’t respond to medication, a possible cause may be a dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumor (DNT). This is a rare, benign type of tumor that occurs in the tissues that cover the brain and spinal cord. The outlook for a child with DNT is generally good.

    As you read further below, you will find general information about dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumors (DNT). To read summary information about brain tumors first, see the overview on brain tumors.

    How Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center approaches DNT:

    If your child is cared for at Children’s, he’ll be seen through Dana-Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center, an integrated pediatric oncology program through Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Children’s Hospital Boston that provides—in one specialized program—all the services of both a leading cancer center and a pediatric hospital.

    Our pediatric neuro-oncology, neurosurgical and neurology specialists at Dana-Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center offer:

    • technological advances, such as the intra-operative MRI, which allow our pediatric neurosurgeons to “see” the tumor as they operate with MRI scans. This allows them to remove as much of the tumor as possible.
    • treatment with the best standard of care, including neurosurgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy
    • access to unique Phase I clinical trials run by our own investigators, Children’s Oncology Group and the Pediatric Oncology Experimental Therapeutics Consortium

    Through the Stop and Shop Neuro-Oncology Outcomes Clinic at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, your child will be are able to meet with his entire care team at the same follow-up visit.

    • Our pediatric brain tumor survivorship clinic is held weekly.
    • In addition to meeting with your pediatric neuro-oncologists, neurologist and neurosurgeon, your child may also see one of our endocrinologists or alternative/complementary therapy specialists.
    • School liaisons and psychosocial personnel from the pediatric brain tumor team are also available.
    • If your child needs rehabilitation, he may also meet with speech, physical, and occupational therapists during and after treatments.
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