A teratoma is a congenital (present prior to birth) tumor formed by different types of tissue.
- Teratomas in newborns are generally benign and don't spread. They can, however, be malignant, depending on the maturity and other types of cells that may be involved.
- Benign teratomas tend to grow aggressively, although they do not spread.
- Malignant teratomas tend to grow aggressively and spread to other parts of the body.
Individualized care, new treatments
Through Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Care (DF/CHCC), a 50-year partnership between Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children's Hospital, your child will receive individualized care to treat every aspect of his condition from an expert team of specialists.
Your child will also benefit from a team of DF/CHCC researchers striving to understand the scientific causes of teratomas, which results in continual introduction of new treatment options.