Mortality rates in pediatric patients with primary central nervous system (CNS) tumors vary greatly by tumor type, reaching up to 97.8%. New treatment approaches are urgently needed for patients affected by tumor types with high mortality rates.
Why this matters
Primary CNS tumors are the most common solid tumors in children and the second most common pediatric malignancy. Mortality and morbidity remain a serious concern for these patients, but little is known about the specific causes of death in pediatric neuro-oncology
The results from this study showed that most deaths in pediatric patients with CNS tumors were disease-related and varied by tumor type.