Medulloblastoma is a cancerous tumor that starts in the lower back part of the brain. This part of the brain is referred to as the cerebellum. The cerebellum is involved in muscle coordination, balance and movement. These tumors often grow quickly and can spread to other parts of central nervous system, but usually respond well to treatment.
Symptoms and diagnosis
Pediatric medulloblastoma signs and symptoms
Nausea or vomiting in the morning
Problems with handwriting
Tilting the head to one side
Diagnosis of medulloblastoma
Your child’s doctor will do a full physical exam and take a detailed medical history. Additional tests might be ordered, including:
A biopsy to get a sample of the tissue. This will be done while your child is under anesthesia.
Pediatric medulloblastoma treatment
Surgery. When the tumor is in an area that doctors can reach safely, surgery will be done to remove as much of the tumor as possible.
High energy X-rays. These are used to shrink tumors and prevent them from growing.
Fighting pediatric cancer and blood disorders
Our UW Health Kids Cancer Care specialists offer the most advanced treatment options. Our pediatric cancer and blood disorder experts are national research leaders. We test new therapies and continue to work on therapies for pediatric cancer and blood disorders. For many children with rare or hard-to-treat conditions, clinical trials provide new options.
Care for your child
Receiving care from the UW Health Kids hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplant program at American Family Children’s Hospital means you have access to the knowledge and skills of many medical and support specialists for your child’s complex health diagnosis like cancer.
Meet our team
An experienced team providing your child with the care they deserve
Your child’s care is our top priority and we understand the unique needs they have. Your child’s team will include:
Oncologists (cancer doctors)
Hematologists (blood disease doctors)
Child life specialists
Pain management specialists
Physical, occupational and speech therapists
Radiologists and radiation technologists
UW Health Kids Cancer Care experts are dedicated to diagnosing and treating all infants, children and adolescents with cancer, including rare cancers like medulloblastoma.
Our pediatric oncologists are part of the UW Carbone Cancer Center, which is a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. This designation means that the doctors taking care of your child are experts in cancer treatment, research and education.
Patient and support services
You’re never alone
There are services available at both American Family Children’s Hospital and in the community to help patients and their families through every step of their journey.
Child life specialists help your child and family cope with any fears and anxieties, and the American Family Children's Hospital patient and family visitor guide features information about:
Positive Image Center
Spiritual care services
Tyler's Place (sibling child care)
Pediatric cancer services
With our expertise comes compassion. Our team considers you and your child part of our family. We will be by your side every step of the way. From diagnosis through treatment and into adulthood, we will care for your child as if they are our own.Learn more