Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
FINDING A CURE FOR CHILDHOOD BRAIN TUMOURS
Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer. Brain Tumour Research works with families to raise awareness and shine a spotlight on this devastating disease. We’re leading the way to increase the national investment in research to help improve outcomes. And we’re asking you to donate to help us fund the fight and get closer to a cure for brain tumours.
Fact File: Brain tumours in children
- One in three children who die of cancer are killed by a brain tumour
- Brain tumours kill more children than leukaemia
- Symptoms can include headaches, nausea and vomiting, changes in vision and loss of balance
- Treatment depends on the type of brain tumour, size and its location in the brain
- Depending on the circumstances, children diagnosed with brain tumours might be treated with surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy or a combination of two or more of these
- Medulloblastoma is the most common type of high-grade paediatric brain tumour and occurs more often in boys than in girls
- Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) (also known as diffuse midline glioma and brain stem glioma) is the deadliest form of childhood cancer with a median overall survival of between eight and 12 months
- High grade gliomas which include glioblastoma, the most common high-grade brain tumour in adults, as well as anaplastic astrocytoma, are relatively rare among children, accounting for around 8% of all childhood brain and spinal cord tumours in the UK
Grace passed away in August 2022, aged 12, after diagnosis with a glioblastoma (GBM) brain tumour one year previously. Read her story here.
Roux was diagnosed at four weeks old. Happily, after much treatment, he is starting nursery in September 2022. Read his story here.
Rayhan was just four when he died and a Fundraising Group was set up to help find a cure in his memory. Read his story here.
We’re leading the way in research to find a cure
Brain Tumour Research announced call for new Centre of Excellence
In July 2022, we were proud to announce plans to launch a new Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence to help us in our vision to find a cure for all types of brain tumour. Brain Tumour Research is investing an initial £2.5 million over five years, an investment made possible thanks to our supporters’ tireless fundraising efforts. Read more here.
Paediatric brain tumour hub
We are also building capacity at our established Centre of Excellence at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) via a paediatric brain tumour hub. This currently focuses on research into finding a cure for DIPG, as well as other childhood brain tumours including ependymoma and medulloblastoma. The paediatric team has in the last year welcomed Alexandra Hadaway, thanks to a generous donation from our Member Charity The Children’s Brain Tumour Foundation, set up by Cheryl and Paul Davis following their son Miles’ diagnosis with an ependymoma, aged five.
But we still need your help. Your fundraising and donations support our vital work to fund research at our Centres of Excellence and our campaigning activity to increase the national investment into brain tumour research. You can help us increase our research capacity further in order to make the breakthroughs that will get us closer to a cure for this devastating disease.
Please donate and help us get closer to a cure for all types of brain tumours, including those which affect children.