Gliomatosis Cerebri

Gliomatosis cerebri is a rare and highly aggressive form of malignant astrocytic tumor. It most commonly presents as a diffusely infiltrating glial tumor of the cerebral cortex.

  • Gliomatosis cerebri is a type of astrocytoma, which is a sub-type of glioma. A glioma is a type of brain tumor that originates from glial cells, which support and nourish neurons in the brain.
  • Gliomatosis cerebri is characterized by scattered and widespread tumor cells that cause multiple parts of the brain to enlarge.
  • Because this type of tumor is so diffuse, it can be difficult to treat. These tumors usually progress like a glioblastoma multiforme (the most malignant form of brain tumor).

How Dana-Farber/Boston Children's approaches gliomatosis cerebri

Children and adolescents with gliomatosis cerebri are treated through our Glioma Program, one of the largest and most experienced pediatric glioma programs in the world, and part of the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Brain Tumor Center.

Our glioma specialists – a team of neuro-oncologists, surgeons, pathologists and radiation oncologists – focus solely on the care of children diagnosed with gliomas. The Glioma Program also offers families the chance to have their child's tumor molecularly profiled (as long as a biopsy can be taken), which may help identify opportunities for targeted treatment.

Learn more

Find in-depth information on gliomatosis cerebri on the Dana-Farber/Boston Children's website, including details on gliomatosis cerebri symptoms, treatment and more.