About DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma)
Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) are highly aggressive brain tumors affecting roughly 300 children each year. These children most commonly range in age from 5 to 9. DIPG’s are uncommon in adults, but in children they are the leading cause of deaths from brain tumors.
DIPG’s are found in the area of the brain most commonly known as the pons. The pons control many essential bodily functions, such as breathing, blood pressure, and heart rate. DIPG’s grow quickly, meaning that symptoms appear suddenly and progress rapidly. These symptoms include decreased control over eye movements, facial expressions, and speech, as well as weakness in the limbs, and problems walking or with coordination.