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Spinal Cord Tumor - Astrocytoma

Astrocytoma are the most common type of childhood glioma, a type of central nervous 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.  Astrocytomas can be benign or malignant. 

Latest Spinal Cord Tumor - Astrocytoma grants

Michelle Monje, MD/PhD, Principal Investigator
Stanford University
Innovation Grants, Awarded 2016
Charles Eberhart, MD/PhD & Eric Raabe MD/PhD, Principal Investigator
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Innovation Grants, Awarded 2016

Spinal Cord Tumor - Astrocytoma Heroes

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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
When my daughter Kennedy was born, like all new dads, I vowed to always be there for her and protect her.

But when Kennedy was 2 years old and diagnosed with cancer, I realized that I couldn’t live up to part of that pledge. I couldn’t... 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