5 - 9 Months
Average Life Expectancy of Child Once Diagnosed
Typical Age of Child when Diagnosed
Life Expectancy Extension from Traditional Treatments
Children who will live 5 years past diagnosis
Clinical Trials done with no advancement in treatment.
Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma
DIPG is a highly aggressive brain tumor found in a part of the brain stem called the pons which controls essential bodily functions such as the heartbeat, breathing, swallowing, eye movement, and balance. The average life expectancy of a child, once diagnosed, is only 5-9 months.
DIPG affects children almost exclusively, with 1,000 children diagnosed world-wide (although the number is thought to be around 4,000 counting those who are unable to be diagnosed).
A child diagnosed with DIPG statistically has 10% chance to live 2 years, and less than 1% chance to live 5 years past diagnosis. The average age of a child diagnosed is only 6-7 years old.
There are currently no promising treatments for DIPG, even after 30+ years of research and over 250 Clinical Trials. The prognosis for a child diagnosed today is the same as it would have been 60 years ago - 5-9 months. Surgery, Chemo, and Radiation are all highly aggressive treatments used on these children with little to no benefit. While Radiation has been shown to shrink the tumor temporarily, it does not increase the life expectancy. Moreover, the current treatments available to Patients today all come with great risks and devastating side effects thereby diminishing the quality of life, which is terribly short to begin with.
With medical advancements in nearly every other cancer, it is time that DIPG Research finds a way to ease these children's suffering and give them a quality, longer life. The Cancer Wellness Clinic has found that way, and we need to help them.