Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumors (PNETs)
Primitive neuroectodermal tumors (PNETs) are malignant growths in the cerebrum, the uppermost part of the brain that handles thinking and action. PNETs are very rare, usually occurring in children and adults under age 25. The growths often contain dead tumor cells and cysts and can spread to other parts of the brain and spine. They can grow quite large, put pressure on the brain, and trigger seizures.
Best in Care
The AdventHealth Neuroscience Institute is a state-of-the-art facility for adults and children affected by PNETs. We specialize in minimally invasive treatments that use laser technology to remove the tumors or reduce their size. These advanced techniques often minimize damage to surrounding tissue and result in less scarring and pain. Using image-guided stereotactic neurosurgery, our specialists can view 3-D images of PNETs to view the tumor as they operate, helping them to remove more of the mass, leaving healthy tissue intact. Recovery is quicker after minimally invasive surgeries, because no incision is made.