BPNA distance learning unit 11 - Neuro-oncology

Neuro-oncology starts with two sections that provide an overview of the epidemiology of central nervous system tumours in childhood and an introduction to tumour biology. The remainder of the unit from the British Paediatric Neurology Association is more clinically based.

The design, content and management of these courses are the responsibility of the individual specialty groups.

Four sections are devoted to the clinical effects of tumours and the methods we use for diagnosis and for surveillance following diagnosis. Four sections deal with management, the neuro-toxic effects of treatments and the late effects which are so important in young people with central nervous system tumours. Paraneoplastic syndromes, principally the Dancing Eye Syndrome, are covered in one section and the unit finishes with an overview of palliative care.

  • Section 1 – Epidemiology and pathogenesis of brain and spinal tumours
  • Section 2 – Tumour Biology
  • Section 3 – Presentation and diagnosis of brain tumours
  • Section 4 – Radiological and clinical surveillance of brain and spinal tumours
  • Section 5 – Presentation and diagnosis of spinal cord tumours
  • Section 6 – Endocrine manifestations of brain tumours
  • Section 7 – Treatment pathways and surgical and radiotherapy management of patients with brain and spinal tumours
  • Section 8 – Chemotherapy in the management of patients with brain and spinal tumours and advances in oncological treatments
  • Section 9 – Neurotoxicity of oncological treatments
  • Section 10 – Late effects of tumours and their treatments
  • Section 11 – Paraneoplastic disorders in childhood and their immunological basis
  • Section 12 – Palliative treatment and symptom and pain control. Evaluation of outcomes