Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors in Children

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Treating Brain/CNS Tumors In Children TOPICS

Other drug treatments for brain and spinal cord tumors in children

Some drugs commonly used in children with brain or spinal cord tumors do not treat the tumors directly, but they may help lessen symptoms from the tumor or its treatment.


Cortisone-like drugs such as dexamethasone (Decadron) are often given to reduce the swelling that may occur around brain tumors. This may help relieve headaches and other symptoms.

Anti-seizure drugs (anti-epileptics)

Drugs may be given to lower the chance of seizures, which may happen in children with brain tumors. Many anti-seizure drugs are available. One of the more commonly used drugs is called phenytoin (Dilantin).


The pituitary gland helps control the levels of many different hormones in the body. If the pituitary gland has been damaged by the spread of the tumor or by treatments (surgery or radiation therapy), your child may need to take pituitary hormones or other hormones to replace those missing.

Last Medical Review: 03/22/2013
Last Revised: 01/31/2014