McMaster University

Demystifying Medicine
Seminar Series

Brain Cancer

The brain and spinal cord make up the central nervous system (CNS). Brain and spinal cord tumors are growths of abnormal cells in tissues of the brain or spinal cord. Tumors that start in the brain are called primary brain tumors. A tumor that starts in another part of the body and spreads to the brain is called a metastatic brain tumor.

National Cancer Institute

Medulloblastoma

"Medulloblastoma is a cancerous tumor — also called cerebellar primitive neuroectodermal tumor (PNET) — that starts in the region of the brain at the base of the skull, called the posterior fossa. These tumors tend to spread to other parts of the brain and to the spinal cord. Medulloblastoma is the most common malignant brain tumor of childhood, and it accounts for about 20 percent of all childhood brain tumors."

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

An Overview of Medulloblastoma

Overview video about medulloblastoma

This video discusses the diagnosis, treatment and management of medulloblastoma — the most common malignant childhood brain tumor.

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Molecular Targeted Medulloblastoma Treatment

Video about molecular targeted medulloblastoma treatment

This video presents an outline of current medulloblastoma research that supports the development of an effective drug that minimizes side effects.

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Medulloblastoma in Children: From Bedside to Bench — Clinical

Katrin Scheinemann

This video reviews the current management and treatment of childhood medulloblastoma.

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Medulloblastoma in Children: From Bedside to Bench — Research

Sheila Singh

This video discusses evidence for the presence of a medulloblastoma stem cell that drives tumorigenesis in a malignant childhood tumor.

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