A medulloblastoma is a type of cancerous brain tumor that grows in the back part of the brain, called the cerebellum.
Medulloblastomas develop in the fetal (embryonic) cells in the brain and tend to spread through the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) to other parts of the brain. This type of tumor is malignant but rarely spreads to other portions of the body outside of the brain.
These types of tumors are not inherited; however, syndromes such as Gorlin’s syndrome or Turcot’s syndrome may increase the risk of medulloblastoma. These types of tumors are rare in adults, although medulloblastomas are the most common form of brain tumor in children, and almost always require surgical removal alongside radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy for treatment.
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Symptoms of medulloblastomas depend on the location of the tumor, it’s rate of growth, and which nerves are affected. Common symptoms include:
- Balance problems
- Vision problems
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