Childhood Cancer

You are here

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

Brock Christensen, PhD, Principal Investigator
Dartmouth College
Single-cell Pediatric Cancer Atlas Grant, Awarded 2019
Adam Green, MD and Jean Mulcahy Levy, MD, Principal Investigator
University of Colorado Denver
Single-cell Pediatric Cancer Atlas Grant, Awarded 2019
Nicole Brossier, MD/PhD, Principal Investigator
Washington University
Young Investigator Grants, Awarded 2019

Latest Astrocytoma blog posts

During May, we honor Brain Tumor Awareness Month, to raise awareness of childhood brain tumors and the significant need for more research that will lead to new, safer cures.
 
Brain and Central Nervous System (CNS) tumors are the leading... more
Brain tumors are the deadliest form of childhood cancer in the United States, accounting for 30% of all cancer deaths each year. Sometimes just centimeters in size, these tumors present real treatment challenges because of their critical... more
When Lilly faced surgery after relapsing, her family made the decision to donate extra tumor tissue to research instead of throwing it away. 

“We hope that Lilly’s neuroblastoma tumor can be some small part of helping other children who... more