- About 1 in 35,000 babies are born with a brain tumor.
- About 210 of those are in California.
- About 50 are treated at LPCH by our doctors. This led them to descrine Scarlett's condition as "common" (for them - roughly once a week).
- Of all infant (to age 3) brain tumors, 30% are in newborns. This is due to the high-speed growth of newborn brains, and the avaiability of nurishment for abnormal cells.
- There is no known environmental factors for these tumors. Basically, nothing I could have done caused this or could have prevented it.
- The tumor was likely forming along with her brain in utero. We may have seen it on a good third trimester ultrasound, but not necessarily (I didn't have an ultrasound after 20 weeks).
- Despite it growing inside her while she was inside me, there is zero chance I was affected or have any related tumors.
- One of the possible types of tumor may have a genetic component, but most are assumed to be spontaneous. It is important for us to distinguish the type of tumor to know about genetic factors for our future.
- The doctors estimate a 95-97% chance of malignancy.
Monday, December 20, 2010
While we don't know exactly what kind of tumor we are fighting yet (we'll know more after the biopsy this week), our neurosurgery and neuro-oncology team tells us: