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Astrocytoma

Astrocytomas are the most common type of childhood glioma, a type of brain tumor. Like all gliomas, astrocytomas consist of glial cells, which form the connective tissue of the brain. Astrocytomas can occur in both the brain and spine; but most often occur in the cerebellum (the part of the brain that coordinates movement and balance), optic nerve and in the brainstem. Anaplastic astrocytomas are a more aggressive type of astrocytoma. 

Latest Astrocytoma grants

George Jallo, MD, Principal Investigator
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Innovation Grants, Awarded 2013
David Gutmann, M.D., Ph.D., Principal Investigator
Washington University
Innovation Grants, Awarded 2014
Donald Durden, MD, PhD, Principal Investigator
University of California, San Diego
Springboard Grants, Awarded 2013

Latest Astrocytoma blog posts

Last year, we shared the story of 14-year-old Eden Green, who loves to take photos and dance. Eden was in treatment for a form of childhood cancer so rare, that doctors did not have a clinical name for it. After 4 months of treatment on a... more
Brain tumors are the deadliest form of childhood cancer, accounting for 30% of all cancer deaths each year.*  Sometimes just centimeters in size, these tumors present real treatment challenges because of their critical location in the... more
by Trish Adkins

For Eden, the trouble began when she was 10 years old. The trouble had a name: pain. It seemed normal at first—maybe a side effect from dancing or growing. But then it never went away and then, suddenly, Eden could not... more