Anaplastic Astrocytoma

What is an anaplastic astrocytoma?

Astrocytomas are a type of brain tumor that arises from brain cells called astrocytes. An anaplastic astrocytoma is both a type of astroctyoma and a high-grade gliomaAnaplastic astrocytoma and glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) are high-grade gliomas and account for approximately 10 percent of childhood brain tumors.

Children in families with neurofibromatosis type I, Li-Fraumeni syndrome, hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer and tuberous sclerosis are at higher risk of anaplastic astrocytoma.The median age at diagnosis of anaplastic astrocytoma is 9 to 10 years old.

How Dana-Farber/Boston Children's approaches anaplastic astrocytoma

Children with anaplastic astrocytoma are treated at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's through our Glioma Program, one of the world's largest treatment programs focused on pediatric gliomas. Our glioma specialists have extensive expertise in treating all types of gliomas, including anaplastic astrocytoma. Our patients receive multidisciplinary care from neuro-oncologists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, and pediatric subspecialists.

Find in-depth information on anaplastic astrocytoma on the Dana-Farber/Boston Children's website, including details on anaplastic astrocytoma symptoms, treatments, research and more.