Thalamic and Hypothalamic Astrocytomas | Diagnosis & Treatment

How are thalamic and hypothalamic astrocytomas diagnosed?

A physician may order a number of different tests to best diagnose thalamic or hypothalamic astrocytoma, including: 

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

What are the treatment options for thalamic and hypothalamic astrocytomas?

A number of treatments may be recommended for thalamic or hypothalamic astrocytomas. Some help treat the tumor, while others address complications of the disease or side effects of treatment. These include:

Progressive or recurrent disease

There are many standard and experimental treatment options for children with recurrent or progressive thalamic or hypothalamic astrocytomas. If a tumor recurs after initial surgical removal or the tumor re-grows after partial removal, a doctor may recommend a second attempt at removing as much of the tumor as possible.