What is The Medulla?
The medulla is a long stem-like structure of the brain that makes the lower part of the brain. It is a cone-shaped mass of neurons that play a role in performing various functions such as vomiting and sneezing.
What is Medulloblastoma of The Brain?
Medulloblastoma is a cancer of the lower part of the brain called the medulla oblongata. It is a common childhood cancer that grows rapidly in nature and can spread to the local area. It also tends to metastasize (can spread to other parts of the brain and spinal cord) and can spread through the cerebrospinal fluid. Cerebrospinal fluid is a colorless, clear fluid found in the brain and spinal cord. Cerebrospinal fluid provides protection and nutrition to the brain and spinal cord. It also plays a role in waste disposal. The 5-year survival rate with treatment is higher among children than adults.
Certain genetic mutations (faulty changes in the genes) are responsible for the development of medulloblastoma.
Signs and Symptoms
The patient may suffer from the following signs and symptoms. These are
- Morning Headache
- Repeated episodes of vomiting
- Unsteady or stumbling gait
- Double vision
- Frequent falls
- Involuntary eye movements
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.
- Tumor biopsy and histopathological examination
In early stage, surgical removal of the brain tumor is the main treatment option. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy are the main treatment options for advanced cases of the medulloblastoma.
What Support can we Give for Medulloblastoma of The Brain?
Medulloblastoma of The Brain is a 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 Medulloblastoma of The Brain 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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