Battling DIPG: An Incurable Childhood Brain Tumor
On Feb. 1, 2018, 3-year-old Vivian Weaver of Husum, Washington, was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, or DIPG. DIPG is a childhood brain tumor located on a portion of the brainstem called the pons. Its location makes it impossible to remove with surgery. Most children with DIPG are given 9-12 months to live on average. Vivian continues to fight after nearly two years with DIPG, doctors and researchers are hopeful additional studies and clinical trials will turn up more options for children like her.