Indian Kids suffer from Brain Tumor every year


New Delhi: India is facing a big problem of Brain related disease every year. Approximately 2500 more will be diagnosed in 2016. Brain tumors can be deadly, significantly impact quality of life, and change everything for a patient and their loved ones. They do not discriminate, inflicting men, women, and children of all races and ethnicities. According to doctors, over 2,500 of the Indian children suffer from Medulloblastoma, a pediatric malignant primary brain tumor which spreads through the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and frequently metastasize to different locations along the surface of the brain and spinal cord. According to them, in India, every year 40,000-50,000 persons are diagnosed with brain tumor and Of these 20 per cent are children. Earlier, the figure was only somewhere around 5 per cent.

Brain Tumor Foundation of India says that brain tumor is the second most common cancer among children after leukaemia. Explaining further, Guptae said: "The child will develop a stumbling gait, frequent falls, diplopia, papilledema, and sixth cranial nerve palsy. The doctors conveyed that if the cases are detected early, then 90 per cent of the medulloblastoma cases are curable, provided the treatment protocol is followed correctly. "Twenty per cent of the brain tumour cases currently consist of children, which has increased over the years. Mostly the symptoms include repeated episodes of vomiting, and a morning headache, which may lead to a misdiagnosis of gastrointestinal disease or migraine," said Vikas Gupta, Director and head of Neurosurgery and Interventional and Endovascular Neurosurgery at BLK Hospital here.

 A small percentage of brain tumors are linked to genetic disorders and known environmental hazards, such as exposure to certain toxins or radiations."According to the official data, currently only six per cent of the children suffering from brain tumors are able to get the proper treatment. Shailesh Jain, Senior Consultant Neuro Surgery at Saroj Super Specialty Hospital said: "Sometimes surgery is not possible, especially if the tumor is in the brain stem or certain other areas. Radiation therapy usually follows surgery but sometimes people who can't have surgery have radiation therapy.