Adult Medulloblastoma

  • Anthony PhamEmail author
  • Kenneth Wong
  • Eric L. Chang


Medulloblastoma is a highly cellular malignant embryonal neoplasm of the cerebellum that is more common in children than adults. The incidence in adults is approximately 0.6–1 cases per million. Patients with medulloblastoma demonstrate a combination of signs and symptoms caused by increased intracranial pressure and cerebellar dysfunction that evolve over a period of weeks to a few months. Standard staging procedures include diagnostic imaging with MRI of the brain and spine as well as CSF fluid cytology. Medulloblastomas are staged by the Chang staging system into average-risk and high-risk patients based on the extent of residual disease or presence of metastatic disease (M-positive disease). Though previously classified histologically, the latest WHO classification has incorporated molecular characteristics to stratify medulloblastoma into four subtypes (WNT-activated, SHH-activated TP53-wt, SHH-activated TP53mut, non-SHH/non-WNT (groups 3 and 4)). Adult patients with medulloblastoma are frequently treated according to various pediatric protocols. The combination of surgery, craniospinal irradiation, and posterior fossa boost irradiation and chemotherapy in concurrent and adjuvant settings has been shown to be viable in both retrospective and prospective studies.


Medulloblastoma Adult Prognostic factors Molecular classification Craniospinal axis irradiation Chemotherapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Radiation OncologyKeck School of Medicine of USCLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Department of Radiation OncologyKeck School of Medicine of USC, Norris Cancer HospitalLos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.Department of Radiation OncologyChildren’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases, Children’s Hospital Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  4. 4.Department of Radiation OncologyUT MD Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA

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