Atypical Teratoid Rhaboid Tumor (ATRT)

Atypical Teratoid Rhaboid Tumor (ATRT)

ATRTs are rare, high-grade tumors that occur most often in children age 3 and younger. They can appear as a large, bulky mass and tend to be fast-growing and frequently spread through the central nervous system.


About half of ATRTs are found in the cerebellum or brain stem. However, they may appear anywhere in the brain or spinal cord.


Symptoms depend on the age of the patient, as well as the size and location of the tumor. They may include: morning headache or headache that goes away after vomiting, nausea and vomiting, unusual sleepiness or change in activity level, loss of balance, lack of coordination, or trouble walking, and increased head size (in infants).


Treatment generally involves surgery to remove the tumor followed by chemotherapy. Radiation may be considered depending on the age of the patient and whether the tumor has recurred.


ATRTs are rare. They typically occur in children age 3 and younger.

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Mindee Plugues


Mindee J. Plugues, of Los Angeles, CA, is vice president, marketing for the Applebee’s brand and brings skills including brand strategy, executive leadership, and marketing to the board. Plugues has been an ABTA donor since April 2001, following her father’s passing from GBM. She is also a former member of the ABTA endurance program, Team Breakthrough.

Bob Kruchten


Bob Kruchten, of Mount Prospect, IL, is a sales manager at Extreme Reach, a leading advertising technology company. He has strong skills in communications and fundraising, and has been advocating for the ABTA for 19 years in tribute to his best friend, Paul Fabbri, who lost his 10-year battle with GBM in 1998. Kruchten accepted the ABTA’s Joel A. Gingras Jr. Award in 2015 on behalf of the Paul Fabbri Memorial Fund.