Surveillance imaging for high-grade childhood brain tumors: What to do 10 years after completion of treatment? Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Brain tumors are the second most common childhood cancer. Treatment protocols for high-grade pediatric brain tumors recommend regular follow-up imaging for up to 10 years. We review maximal time to recurrence and minimal time to radiologically detectable long-term sequelae such as secondary malignancies, vascular complications, and white matter disease. No tumors recurred after the 10-year point, but radiological long-term sequelae grew more common as the treatment completion date receded. We do not recommend regular imaging more than 10 years after treatment has ended, unless there are clinical symptoms.

publication date

  • November 2018

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