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The Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer (2006) states that Medulloblastoma is a solid, cancerous tumor, originating in the cerebellum of the brain. It is also known as a primitive neuroendocrine tumor (PNET). Medulloblastoma was first discovers and named by Dr. Percival Bailey and Dr. Harvey Williams Cushing in 1925 (Jallo and Marcovici, 2008). The most common place for the tumor to form is in the cerebellum of the brain; however it can spread to the spinal cord as well. Medulloblastoma is most commonly diagnosed within the first decade of a child’s life; it does rarely form in adults though. Jallo and Marcovici (2008) report that the occurrence of Medulloblastoma is 1.52 cases per 100,000 people, and there are 350 new cases in the United States every year. This type of cancer is not hereditary and is more common in males than females. Medulloblastoma accounts for about 20 percent of all childhood brain tumors, making it the most common tumor found in children. The survival rate for children with Medulloblastoma is anywhere from 60 percent to 80 percent; this rate depends on if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body, and how far along in the staging process it is. Medulloblastoma is a silent killer and not a widely known form of cancer therefore catching it this disease early can be a very hard thing to do. There are various signs and symptoms that Medulloblastoma causes. Because this type of cancer is most commonly a childhood cancer it can be very hard to detect. The most common symptoms include: headache, vomiting, fatigue, and lethargy. Because these symptoms are common for things like the flu and viral infections it is impossible to diagnose a child that only has these symptoms. The symptoms mentioned above can also be short lived and come and go. A parent may just think the child is getting sick a lot from classmates at school or from his friends. Long term symptoms include: lack of coordination, imbalance, double vision, neck tilt, loss of
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