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DIPG

About DIPG


Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) are highly aggressive and difficult to treat brain tumors found at the base of the brain. They are glial tumors, meaning they arise from the brain's glial tissue—tissue made up of cells that help support and protect the brain's neurons. These tumors are found in an area of the brainstem (the lowest, stem-like part of the brain) called the pons, which controls many of the body’s most vital functions such as breathing, blood pressure, and heart rate.
-- danafarberbostonchildrens.org

 

 

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DIPG Statistics

#1
Deadliest Pediatric Brain Tumor
400
Children affected every year in US
10,000
Children affected every year worldwide
700,000
Potential years of life lost per year
7
Years, median age of children diagnosed
9
Months, median survival time
60
Years, with the same prognosis, no survivors
0.07
Percent of federal cancer fund for DIPG

For a scientific overview of DIPG, refer to a chapter on DIPG authored by Drs. Vitanza  and Monje  in Swaiman’s Pediatric Neurology.