MRI scanning of the brain will be done every 2-3 months and spinal MRI every 4-6 months for the first two years following surgery. The scans help determine the effectiveness of treatment, and are used to monitor for early evidence of a recurrence. Scans will be done less frequently thereafter, unless specific symptoms develop that might indicate further growth. Your doctor will determine the appropriate schedule.
Children should be carefully evaluated for long-term cognitive problems, and should
receive early aggressive learning support. Neuropsychological testing before treatment can serve as a baseline for follow up evaluations. If learning concerns arise after treatment, these baseline results can be used as a tool for comparison. Children should be carefully evaluated for long-term cognitive problems, and should receive early aggressive learning support. In addition, your doctor may refer you to other specialists, such as an endocrinologist (a physician specially trained in treating growth or hormone imbalances), or an oncologist (a physician trained in treating cancer, particularly with chemotherapy drugs). Rehabilitation and special education programs will play a vital role in returning children to school.