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Pineal Tumours

Tumour Group:
Other Brain Tumours and Related Conditions
WHO Grade:
Typical Age Range:

Tumour Characteristics

Pineal tumours arise from the actual pineal cells of the pineal gland itself. If the cells are dividing quickly, they are considered pinealoblastomas, whereas tumours with slow-growing cells are called pinealomas.


Common symptoms include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Hydrocephalus is usually a presenting symptom of pineal tumours, resulting from a blocked cerebrospinal fluid pathway.

Treatment/Standard of Care

Treatment for pineal tumours is usually biopsy, or if small, surgical removal. Radiation therapy follows and some treatment centres are using chemotherapy.


A prognosis is an estimate of the likely progress of a disease after a diagnosis, based on an average patient group. Since every person is different, please take time to talk with your health care team about how this information applies to you.

By clicking on 'expand', a statistic on the prognosis for Pineal Tumours will be shown.