An oligodendroglioma is a low-grade (relatively benign) brain tumor arising from a type of cell of the central nervous system known as an oligodendrocyte.

  • Oligodendrocytes make up a supportive network for the nerves of the brain and spinal column.
  • Oligodendrogliomas are quite rare, accounting for only about 2 percent of all pediatric brain tumors.
  • Oligodendrogliomas occur most commonly in the frontal lobe (the section of the brain that influences personality and reasoning), but may occur anywhere along the brain and spinal cord.

How Dana-Farber/Boston Children's approaches oligodendrogliomas

Children with gliomas are treated at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's through our Brain Tumor Center's Glioma Program, one of the largest and most experienced pediatric glioma programs in the world. 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.

Learn More

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