Mortality in pediatric patients with central nervous system tumors


  • 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.