Childhood cerebellar astrocytomas: is there a role for postoperative irradiation?

  title={Childhood cerebellar astrocytomas: is there a role for postoperative irradiation?},
  author={Diane M Garcia and James E. Marks and H R Latifi and A B. Kliefoth},
  journal={International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics},
  volume={18 4},
Eighty children with astrocytomas of the cerebellum were treated at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri from 1928-1980. The most important predictor of recurrence was completeness of surgical removal. Of 40 patients whose tumors were totally removed, only one recurred (2.5%). Forty cases were subtotally removed and 14 subsequently recurred (35%). Postoperative irradiation did not significantly improve survival in the patients with incompletely excised tumors; however… CONTINUE READING
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