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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

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
Children with certain types of hard-to-treat childhood cancers just got another huge dose of hope. Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted accelerated approval to a drug called Vitrakvi (also known as larotrectinib... more
by Adam Paris

Eden is a 13 year old who loves to shoot photos and smile for her own snapshots. After being unable to walk or practice her favorite activity, dancing, for nearly a year, she was diagnosed at age 10 with a cancer no doctor... more