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Early Identification of Brain Tumors in Primary Care Pediatrics (S5:E10)

Central nervous system (CNS) tumors of the brain and spinal cord account for a quarter of all cancers in children. Nearly 70% of CNS tumors can be effectively treated, but early detection is critical for the best possible treatments and outcomes. Too often, brain tumors are initially misdiagnosed as more common pediatric conditions such as migraine, gastroenteritis or psychological and behavioral problems. In this episode, we discuss the classic signs and presentations of CNS tumors and efforts to support early detection.

Listen to pediatric experts discuss identification of brain tumors

Our guest for this episode is Adam Green, MD.

Dr. Green is a physician at the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Hospital Colorado and is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

In this episode, our experts discuss:

  • Research on disparities in outcomes for pediatric brain tumor patients
  • Common hallmarks of CNS tumors in children
  • Differentiating brain tumors from migraines and other common illnesses
  • Intervention project at Children’s Colorado to support families with CNS tumors
  • The HeadSmart intervention to educate providers to better recognize CNS symptoms in children
  • Clinical pearls for diagnosing brain tumors in a primary care setting
  • Long-term prognosis for pediatric patients with CNS tumors

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