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.