Childhood Diseases

Posted by: CONCERNED MUM | 2011/09/20


Brain tumor called Pilomyxoid astrocytoma

Hi Doc,my 1 month old daugther has been diagnosed with brain tumor, she''s lying in hospital awaiting chemotheraphy,she never went home she has been admitted since she was born would u please advise on the types of counselling i can atend as im depressed by her situation, im trying to be strong but this thing is killing me. When i look at her i just blame myself because i just cant understand why my child can be born with such a terrible disease. The doctors said they dont know the cause and that this things just happen, Please help i am so devastated especially when i hear of how chemotherapy and radiation do to patients and the stories of how people who go through those therapies never make it. I am really suffering deep inside

Expert's Reply



I am very sorry indeed to hear about your baby daughter. I am sure that the neurosurgeon has explained what is meant by a pilomyxoid astrocytoma.This kind of tumour could not be accurately diagnosed until a few years ago. Unfortunately it tends to be an aggressive brain tumour which usually occurs in very young children.Chemotherapy is the most successful form of treatment.Sometimes it is so successful that radiotherapy is not needed.I hope that this will be the case for your daughter. No one knows what causes this kind of tumour in such a young baby but one thing is certain it is not due to anything you did or did not do during your pregnancy with her.Please ask the doctor who is doing her treatment to send you for counselling and support.You will also need the support of your family and friends at this difficult time.

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