ON THIS PAGE: You will read about the scientific research being done to learn more about DIG and how to treat it. Use the menu to see other pages.
Doctors are working to learn more about DIG, ways to prevent it, how to best treat it, and how to provide the best care to children diagnosed with this disease. The following areas of research may include new options for patients through clinical trials. Always talk with your child’s doctor about the best diagnostic and treatment options for your child.
Because DIG is quite rare, DIG-specific clinical trials may be hard to find. However, patients and doctors are encouraged to review clinical trials focusing on childhood brain tumors, which sometimes include patients with several different types of tumors.
Molecular biology of the tumor. For DIG that cannot be effectively treated with surgery, it may be appropriate to perform a test called genetic sequencing on the tumor to identify pathways that can potentially be targeted with specific drugs. Learn more about targeted therapy.
New treatments and imaging tests. Researchers are looking at new medications, different treatment combinations, and improved imaging techniques to treat childhood brain tumors.
Palliative care/supportive care. Clinical trials are underway to find better ways of reducing symptoms and side effects of current DIG treatments to improve comfort and quality of life for patients.
Looking for More About the Latest Research?
If you would like additional information about the latest areas of research regarding DIG, explore these related items.
To find clinical trials specific to your child’s diagnosis, talk with your child’s doctor or search online clinical trial databases now.
Visit the website of Conquer Cancer, the ASCO Foundation, to find out how to help support cancer research. Please note that this link takes you to a separate ASCO website.
The next section in this guide is Coping with Treatment. It offers some guidance on how to cope with the physical, emotional, social, and financial changes that DIG and its treatment can bring to a family. Use the menu to choose a different section to read in this guide.