About Choroid plexus carcinoma
What is Choroid plexus carcinoma?
Choroid plexus carcinoma is a rare and aggressive type of brain tumor that arises from the choroid plexus, a network of blood vessels and tissue in the brain that produces cerebrospinal fluid. It is most commonly found in children under the age of three and is usually located in the lateral ventricles of the brain. Symptoms of choroid plexus carcinoma include seizures, headaches, vomiting, and hydrocephalus. Treatment typically involves surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.
What are the symptoms of Choroid plexus carcinoma?
The most common symptoms of choroid plexus carcinoma are:
-Changes in behavior
-Loss of appetite
-Hydrocephalus (buildup of fluid in the brain)
-Weakness or Paralysis on one side of the body
-Difficulty speaking or understanding language
What are the causes of Choroid plexus carcinoma?
The exact cause of choroid plexus carcinoma is unknown. However, some research suggests that genetic mutations may play a role in the development of this rare cancer. Additionally, exposure to certain environmental toxins, such as radiation, may increase the risk of developing choroid plexus carcinoma.
What are the treatments for Choroid plexus carcinoma?
Treatment for choroid plexus carcinoma typically involves a combination of surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. Surgery is usually the first line of treatment and may involve removing the tumor and some of the surrounding tissue. Radiation therapy is often used to reduce the size of the tumor and to reduce the risk of recurrence. Chemotherapy may also be used to reduce the size of the tumor and to reduce the risk of recurrence. In some cases, a combination of all three treatments may be used.
What are the risk factors for Choroid plexus carcinoma?
1. Genetic syndromes: Li-Fraumeni syndrome, Turcot syndrome, Gorlin syndrome, and Neurofibromatosis type 1
2. Exposure to radiation
3. Exposure to certain chemicals
4. Family history of the disease
5. Maternal age over 35
Is there a cure/medications for Choroid plexus carcinoma?
Unfortunately, there is no known cure for choroid plexus carcinoma. Treatment typically involves surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible, followed by radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy. Medications such as temozolomide, carboplatin, and etoposide may be used to help reduce the size of the tumor and slow its growth.