Ten children with posterior scala tumor infiltrating the surrounding brain substance and/or the brain stem entered in the present study with preoperative chemotherapy. In 8 of the 10 cases regression and necrosis of the tumor were seen by CT examination after the preoperative therapy. The diameter of the tumor decreased on the average by 35.6% (14.0–74.3%). The main side effect was granulocytopenia. According to our observation, the preoperative therapy enables a more radical surgery in some cases of medulloblastoma and ependymoma. Further observations are necessary to confirm these preliminary results. © 1993 Wiley‐Liss, Inc.
- preoperative chemotherapy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Cancer Research