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Researchers discover gene mutations that cause childhood brain cancer
Date:3/8/2009

ildhood cancer deaths. The most common childhood brain cancer is medulloblastoma a tumour that occurs at the back of the brain in the cerebellum. It is primarily a disease of very young children and is particularly deadly among babies under 18 months of age. In Canada, about 40 children are diagnosed with medulloblastoma every year and half of these will survive.

Many survivors experience serious physical and neurological problems from the disease itself and from the effects of very aggressive treatments on the developing brain. Treatments include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.


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