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Are spinal cord tumors different in children and adults?

Spinal cord tumors are different in children than in adults, primarily in how they should be treated. Chemotherapy can work better in children, while it is not generally effective for adults. However, chemotherapy can cause lasting side effects in children. Children should be treated by health care providers who are specially trained in childhood cancers, since treatment will not be exactly the same as for an adult.

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