The rationale for early detection and treatment of brain tumors in survivors of childhood cancer


Journal Article (Review)

Survivors of childhood cancer have a relatively high risk of developing second cancers. The incidence of brain tumor in these patients approaches 1% at 10 years, over 80-fold that in the general population. This high incidence increases the likelihood that early detection of brain tumors in survivors of childhood cancer is feasible. By analogy with other epithelial cancers, detection and treatment of brain tumors at a pre-neoplastic or pre-malignant stage may render screening and treatment cost effective for certain high-risk populations. Our animal studies with a clinically appropriate model of this condition suggest that there is a pre-neoplastic, pre-malignant brain tumor lesion that is potentially both detectable and effectively treated. The possibility of detecting such a treatable antecedent to brain tumors provides the rationale for genomic and proteomic screening of tumor tissue, CSF, plasma and urine in this animal model, of tumor tissue and body fluids of patients with known brain tumors at various stages, and of body fluids of survivors of childhood cancer. © 2009 Springer-Verlag.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Recht, LD; Harsh IV, G; Cohen, HJ

Published Date

  • February 24, 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 3 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 51 - 57

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1970-5565

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1970-5557

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s12156-009-0005-8

Citation Source

  • Scopus