What are Choroid Plexus Tumours?
Choroid plexus tumours are tumours of the central nervous system. The central nervous system consists of the brain and spinal cord.
What are Choroid Plexus?
The choroid plexus is a network of blood vessels or nerves that emerge from the ventricles of the brain. The ventricles of the brain are cerebrospinal fluid containing cavities in the brain. The choroid plexus produces cerebrospinal fluid. Tumours of the choroid plexus produce excessive amounts of cerebrospinal fluid, which causes a condition called hydrocephalus, which leads to increased intracranial pressure. There are 3 categories of choroid plexus tumours based on site, size, and extent of the tumour. Grade 1: Grade 1 choroid plexus tumours are slowly growing tumours, they are low grade. Grade 2: They are of moderate grade and may recur after surgical removal of the tumour. Grade 3: These are fast-growing cancers that can invade nearby tissues.
Disease Etiology (Causes)
There is no well-known cause.
Signs and Symptoms
The patient may suffer from the following signs and symptoms. These are
- Double vision
- Seizures (sudden uncontrolled changes in movements, feelings, or level of consciousness)
- Blurred or double vision
- Progressive impairment in memory and thinking
- Numbness feeling on the face
- In advanced cases, the patient may suffer from fever, night sweats, and weight loss
The following diagnostic tests and procedures can be used to make a diagnosis. These are
- Imaging tests such as X-Ray, CT-scan (computerized tomography), PET-scan (Positron emission tomography) help detect the site, size, and location of the tumor.
- Complete blood count (CBC)
- Lumbar Puncture
- Tumour biopsy and histopathological examination
Surgical removal of the tumour is the main treatment option. Radiation therapy chemotherapy and targeted immunotherapy are the other treatment options.
What Support can we Give for Choroid Plexus Tumours?
Choroid Plexus Tumours is rare cancer, meaning it is not as well known as other forms of cancer. Without a Ribbon is an Australian organisation that provides support for individuals who suffer from rare cancers. So, we provide a designated platform for Warriors to obtain information specific to their Rare Cancer. We also provide annual opportunities for our Warriors to meet and learn from each other. If you suffer from rare cancer such as Choroid Plexus Tumours we can help and support you through your journey thanks to the generous donations we receive. Click the link below to sign up and become a Warrior today!
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