Patterns, treatments, and outcomes of pediatric central nervous system tumors in Sudan: a single institution experience

  • M. Mohammed Ali Elhassan
  • A. Abdalla Mohamedani
  • H. Hussein Mohammed Osman
  • N. Osman Yousif
  • N. Mohamed Elhaj
  • I. Qaddoumi
Original Article



Studies of epidemiology, treatment modalities, and outcomes of childhood central nervous system (CNS) tumors in Sudan are scarce. To address this shortcoming, we evaluated baseline information about the epidemiology, treatment types, and outcomes of childhood CNS tumors at the National Cancer Institute, University of Gezira (NCI-UG) in Wad Madani, Sudan.


We performed a retrospective health facility-based study of children with CNS tumors who were treated at the NCI-UG from January 2000 to December 2015.


A total of 62 (5.4% of all childhood cancers) pediatric patients with CNS tumors were identified over the study period. Tumors were more common among male children and involved the infratentorial compartment in 58% of cases. The median age at diagnosis was 9 years (range, 2–14 years). Approximately 60% (n = 37) of the study population had histology-determined diagnoses. Astrocytomas and medulloblastomas were the most common tumors in these cases. The mean time to diagnosis was 6 months (SD, 9). During the study period, the number of children with CNS tumors who were referred for treatment at the NCI-UG increased every year. Of the 37 patients who received surgical interventions, 8 received gross total resections, 20 received partial resections, and 24 received postoperative radiotherapy. The treatment abandonment rate was 11%. The 2-year and 5-year survival rates were 33% and 13%, respectively.


Our findings reveal a high incidence of poor outcomes for patients with CNS tumors in Sudan, which is most likely due to many distinct factors.


Brain tumors Child Epidemiology Survival Sub-Saharan Africa Sudan 



We thank Nisha Badders, PhD, ELS for providing scientific editing of the manuscript.

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None of the authors have any conflict of interest to declare or any financial disclosure.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Oncology, National Cancer InstituteUniversity of GeziraWad MadaniSudan
  2. 2.Department of Pathology, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of GeziraWad MadaniSudan
  3. 3.Department of Neurosurgery, Faculty of MedicineThe National Ribat UniversityKhartoumSudan
  4. 4.Department of Global Pediatric MedicineSt. Jude Children’s Research HospitalMemphisUSA

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