Distance Learning in Paediatric Neurology

Unit 11: Neuro-oncology

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Neuro-oncology starts with two sections that provide an overview of the epidemiology of central nervous system tumours in childhood and an introduction to tumour biology. The remainder of the unit is more clinically based. Four sections are devoted to the clinical effects of tumours and the methods we use for diagnosis and for surveillance following diagnosis. Four sections deal with management, the neuro-toxic effects of treatments and the late effects which are so important in young people with central nervous system tumours. Paraneoplastic syndromes, principally the Dancing Eye Syndrome, are covered in one section and the unit finishes with an overview of palliative care.


This Unit contains 24 hours of study, divided into the following sections:

  Study hours
1. Epidemiology and pathogenesis of brain and spinal tumours 2 hours
2. Tumour biology 2 hours
3. Presentation and diagnosis of brain tumours 2 hours
4. Radiological and clinical surveillance of brain and spinal tumours 2 hours
5. Presentation and diagnosis of spinal cord tumours 2 hours
6. Endocrine manifestations of brain tumours 2 hours
7. Treatment pathways and surgical and radiotherapy management of patients with brain and spinal tumours 2 hours
8. Chemotherapy in the management of patients with brain and spinal tumours and advances in oncological treatments 2 hours
9. Neurotoxicity of oncological treatments 2 hours
10. Late effects of tumours and their treatments 2 hours
11. Paraneoplastic disorders in childhood and their immunological basis 2 hours
12. Palliative treatment and symptom and pain control 2 hours
Total study hours = 24 hours


You can begin studying this Unit at any time and work through it at your own pace. There are no time limits to finish the Unit. If you spend about 4 hours per week on this course, you will complete it in about 3 months. When you complete the unit, please send it to us and we will check that all 3 star activities have been completed and will issue a CPD certificate for the number of hours shown above.

Who is this Unit for?

The Vision & Hearing Unit is particularly suitable for:

  • Specialist Oncology Trainees
  • Specialist Paediatric Neurology trainees
  • Consultant Paediatric Neurologists to update themselves as part of their continuing professional development


The course is delivered via a dedicated website. On receipt of your application we will register you and send your username and password to access your chosen unit. All the activities and required papers are available for you to download from the course website. You will need access to the case notes of:

  • 3 children with CNS tumours at their time of diagnosis
  • a child with a spinal tumour at their time of diagnosis

You will also need access to a few textbooks, which should be available to borrow from your local paediatric neurology department or medical library.

What do students say are the best things about this unit?

  • “Very clear tables, very helpful for differentiating between likely tumours at presentation and treatment side effects, prognosis etc (UK)
  • “Clinical scenarios” (UK)
  • “A good overview of tumours of nervous system, their presentation, treatment and implications of treatments” (UK)
  • The subdivisions into 12 sections made it easier” (Saudia Arabia)


Fees must be paid at the time of registering. You can register online and pay your fee by credit/debit card or request an invoice be sent to your place of work (you will need a purchase order number from your hospital for this option). The cost of this Unit depends on the country in which you are working.  

  • High income countries = £170 
  • Low & middle income countries = £57


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