Ganglioglioma | Diagnosis & Treatment

How is ganglioglioma diagnosed?

A physician may order a number of different tests to best diagnose the tumor. In addition to a physical exam, medical history and neurological exam (which tests reflexes, muscle strength, eye and mouth movement, coordination and alertness), those tests may include:

After all tests are completed, doctors will be able to outline the best treatment options.d

What are the treatment options for ganglioglioma?

A child’s physician will determine a specific course of ganglioglioma treatment based on several factors. Some therapies will treat the tumor while others are intended to address complications of the disease or side effects of the treatment. Ganglioglioma treatments include:

Specific ganglioglioma treatments will be determined by your child's physician based on:

  • your child's age, overall health, and medical history
  • type, location, and size of the tumor
  • extent of the disease
  • your child's tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
  • how your child's doctors expects the disease to progress
  • your opinion and preference

The recommended treatment for progressive or recurrent ganglioglioma is radiation therapy. Clinical trials and experimental therapies are also available for children with recurrent tumors that are not responsive to standard therapies.