Drs. Jubran and Finlay havewritten a timely review thatarticulates the trials and tribulationsof treating central nervous system(CNS) germ cell tumors. Theirreview comes on the heels of the Children’sOncology Group (COG) nongerminomatousgerm cell tumor study(ACNS0122) that opened January 26,2004, and in anticipation of the COGgerminoma study (ACNS0232) thatmay open in 2005.
Radiation therapy has long been a mainstay in the treatment of ependymoma. Concerns about the long-term effects of radiation therapy have made many parents and caregivers wary of this treatment modality. However, with the advent of conformal radiation and evidence