Brain Tumor
Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomas

What is a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma?

  • These tumors are inoperable, because they are located in a critical part of the brain that controls breathing, heart beat, blood pressure and alertness; therefore, surgical removal is impossible.

  • These tumors are malignant and grow rapidly.

  • The symptoms include muscle weakness on one side of the body, swallowing problems, speech problems, crossed eyes, drowsiness, and personality changes.

  • DIPGs are the deadliest of all pediatric cancers, with survival rates of less than 2%.

  • Most children die within 9 months of diagnosis.

  • The average age of patients is 8-9 years old.

  • This cancer occurs with equal frequency in girls and boys.