At a fairly young age, most of us realize that life can be a challenge, even when everything goes according to plan. By the time we become parents, we've learned to expect a few bumps in the road. But no mother or father is ever prepared for the words "your child has a brain tumor" or "your child has a spinal cord tumor."
Before anything else is said, you know life will never be the same. An unexpected, unwanted entity has invaded the very center of your family's world. All at once the triumphs and trials of everyday existence hold little importance.
To help you gain understanding about your child's illness, the PBTF provides educational resources. We encourage you to learn as much as you can. Learning more about your child's tumor can empower you to move forward. Trust your instincts. When you have questions or concerns, ask your medical care team. Take an active part in selecting which approach will result in the best care for your child.
- Symptoms of pediatric brain and spinal cord tumors
- How pediatric brain tumors are diagnosed
- How pediatric brain tumors are treated
- Multi-disciplinary care of pediatric brain tumor patients
- The clinical trials process
- Growth and development in pediatric brain tumor survivors
- School re-entry after treatment
- Family issues and relationships
- Helping your healthy children
- How do your other children feel?
- Dealing with stress after the diagnosis
- Risk factors and pediatric brain tumors