Childhood brain and spinal tumours

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Active surveillance for childhood brain and spinal cord tumours

Active surveillance or observation may be a treatment option for some types of low-grade brain or spinal cord tumours. Active surveillance means the healthcare team watches the tumour closely. Treatment is given if there are any signs that the tumour is growing or there is an increased risk that the tumour will progress.

Active surveillance is not known to have negative effects or to reduce long-term survival. It can be preferable to wait until symptoms appear to start treatments. This approach spares the child with a brain or spinal cord tumour unnecessary side effects related to treatment for as long as possible.