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Where to Start

Where to Start

Facing a DIPG/DMG diagnosis is overwhelming. A team of doctors who specialize in DIPG/DMG offer a set of Best Practices for you to consider as you get started.

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A typical DIPG/DMG diagnosis may involve a CT Scan or an MRI

Diagnosis

While not every path is the same, a typical DIPG/DMG diagnosis may involve a CT Scan, an MRI and, potentially, a biopsy. Because of the aggressiveness of the disease, it is important to quickly gain an understanding of this new landscape to help determine next steps.

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Our Nurse Navigators are here to help you understand your options

Treatment

Families facing a DIPG/DMG diagnosis have choices when it comes to treatment. Our Nurse Navigators are here to help you understand your options, connect you to appropriate resources, and support whatever decisions you choose to make.

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Financial Considerations

This journey can often cause a financial strain on the family. There are a variety of resources that can help.

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Sharing Data

Without a significant amount of data from DIPG/DMG tumors, scientists cannot fully understand how the tumors behave, how to prevent them from forming, and how to treat them while minimizing side effects. Some families choose to help by sharing their own data throughout their journey.

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Palliative Care

Palliative Care

Pediatric palliative care can help minimize pain or discomfort your child experiences due to their condition, and can provide social and emotional support for the entire family. It is another support system to use throughout your child’s journey.

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Disease progression

Disease Progression

Disease progression is a worsening, growth, or spread of the disease and can happen at any time after initial diagnosis or treatment. Treatment options will differ depending on the number of progressions and prior treatments received.

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Facing End of Life

Beyond Palliative Care

There may come a time when you change your focus to comfort care. This occurs when families are either making the difficult decision to no longer focus on treatment or have reached the point where there are no additional treatment options.

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