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Cancer, Pediatrics

A less toxic, targeted therapy for childhood brain cancer

Sunnyvale, Calif. first-grader Isabelle Wagner is thriving five years after receiving a lifesaving surgery at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital to remove a malignant golf-ball sized tumor from the base of her brain. In this KGO-TV segment, Paul Fisher, MD, chief of neurology at the hospital, explains how the procedure used to treat Wagner can minimize the long-term effects that often come with treating cancer in children:

The thing that was different about her treatment was that she received a novel treatment protocol where she got less radiation, where only the back part of her brain was radiated, and not the whole brain and spine, and chemotherapy was swapped in.

Previously: Surviving pediatric brain cancer

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