Are there good alternative therapies for childhood brain tumors?

There Are None. There are a number of different types of tumors, requiring different therapies or combinations of therapies. They include surgery, radiation and chemotherapeutic regimes. Some grow so slowly, they are simply watched over time. And some unfortunately are incurable. If you need more specifics, you need to consult your doctor.Alternative therapies, such as holisti, chiropractic do not cure at all.
Yes, & get 2nd opin. Yes, and i would always get a 2nd opinion.

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What symptoms does someone with childhood brain tumors have?

Variable. It depends on where in the brain it is. Early morning vomiting could be one. Depending on the area it is and the function or surrounding structures of the area will determine the symptoms. The brain in divided into different areas and the symptoms will relate to it. Read more...
Depends. It very much depends on where the brain tumor is located and how advanced it is. Some typical symptoms include headache, vomiting, poor balance, weight loss. Read more...

I want to know my options for treating childhood brain tumors?

Depends. There are a number of different types of tumors, requiring different therapies or combinations of therapies. They include surgery, radiation and chemotherapeutic regimes. Some grow so slowly, they are simply watched over time. And some unfortunately are incurable. If you need more specifics, you need to consult your doctor. Read more...
Treatment depends on. As a general pediatrician, i would defer entirely to the recommendations of pediatric neurosurgeons and oncologists. Read more...
It depends. There are many types of childhood brain tumors. Some are very aggressive, but many are not. Treatment usually involves some combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and perhaps radiation therapy. The role of each depends on the specific tumor type. Having the patient treated by an oncologist or neurologist with experience in childhood brain tumors is an important step in understanding your options. Read more...
See NCI site... For a good overview of childhood brain tumors (and all other types of pediatric and adult cancer), the national cancer institute provides an excellent resource for patients and health professionals. See: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/childbrain/patient. Read more...

What is the definition or description of: Childhood brain tumors?

Number of types. Childhood brain tumors are uncommon, and are considered orphan diseases. The primitive neuroectodermal tumor and astrocytoma are most common, although there are a number of varieties of types. As opposed to adult brain tumors, there is a higher incidence of these in the posterior fossa rather than supratentorially. These tumors require a multidisciplinary approach for management. . Read more...

What sort of disease is a childhood brain tumor?

Varies. A tumor or growth, involving the brain during childhood. Can be malignant (cancerous) or benign. Almost always serious due to the brain being involved. Modern surgery , chemotherapy and radiation therapy can treat effectively in many of the cases. Read more...
Neoplasm. A brain tumor is a unrestricted growth of a normal cell that has been transformed in some way to a abnormal state. There are over 100 different primary brain tumors in children and adults--some benign and some malignant. So in essence brain tumors are not one disease but a constellation of many different tumor types. Read more...

Operated for Astrocytoma Grade 3 left frontal brain tumor. Will go for radio nd chemo therapy in a few days. Which precautions/alternative can be taken?

Define your terms. Not clear what you mean by "precautions" or "alternatives." Precautions re XRT and chemo or for something else? The "alternative" to treatment is to do nothing; or to resort to traditional Indian medicine, which is the same as doing nothing, & don't let any well-meaning but ignorant laypeople or charlatans tell you different; unless all you're interested in is feeling better about dying. Read more...

How will radiation therapy for a brain tumor change my facial skin?

None. The treatment is aimed rather precisely toward the tumor and radiation doctors should not allow it to go through your face. The scalp however is different. You will likely lose hair unless the tumor is very small and special techniques like cyberknife are used. If your whole scalp or large areas are treated then hair will most likely temporarily fall and the skin there might get red then heal. Read more...
Not much. Radiation effects the organs in its field including skin of the scalp(dryness) and hair (hair loss). It should not effect the skin of the face unless it is near the brain radiation field. Read more...
Varies. It depends on the dose. Acutely it may appear to be slightly tanned or inflamed. These concerns should be brought to the attention of your treating radiation oncologist. Read more...
It shouldn't. Beams going through the scalp and directed at the brain should not affect the face. If beams travel through the face then they could but typically the face is spared of energy going through it to reach the brain. Read more...