The Pediatric Brain Tumor Program treats children and teens with brain and spinal cord tumors. Staffed with many of the world’s most experienced pediatric brain tumor doctors as well as internationally recognized pediatric subspecialists, our program provides treatment through advanced technologies and unique therapies.
Your child will receive care from many of the world’s most experienced pediatric brain tumor doctors at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as well as internationally recognized pediatric subspecialists at Boston Children’s Hospital.
The Pediatric Brain Tumor Program cares for children with many different types of brain and spinal tumors:
If your child has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, it is important to understand that brain tumors typically do not appear in the same way in children as they do in adults. Also, because children’s brains are rapidly developing, they need treatments from specialists familiar with the complexities of pediatric brain tumors.
The outlook for children with brain tumors has brightened significantly in the past two decades. Thanks to refined surgical techniques and improved chemotherapy and radiation therapy, the majority of children with brain and spinal cord tumors are now long-term survivors.
At the Pediatric Brain Tumor Program, our team works to develop care plans that maximize outcomes and offer your child the highest possible quality of life after treatment.
Children treated at the Pediatric Brain Tumor Program receive comprehensive care services and have access to some of the most advanced diagnostics and therapies, including:
The most effective pediatric brain tumor care teams are familiar with the complexities of pediatric brain tumors and the treatment challenges they present. Your child’s core team will include the following specialists:
In addition, your child’s cancer care team will draw on the expertise and knowledge of a variety of subspecialists and support staff including:
We consider you and your child integral parts of the care team and not simply recipients of care. You and your team will work together to customize a plan of care for your child.
The majority of children and adolescents diagnosed with pediatric brain tumors will survive into adulthood. However, both the tumors and their treatments have potential for long-term side effects, and patients may face physical, psychological, social, and intellectual challenges that will require ongoing assessment and specialized care.
To address the needs of this growing community of brain tumor survivors, Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center established the Stop & Shop Family Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Outcomes Clinic to provide fully coordinated follow-up care for patients.
Today, the Outcomes Clinic follows more than 1,000 pediatric brain tumor survivors of all ages, a multi-disciplinary program designed to address long-term health and social issues for families and survivors of childhood brain tumors. Some of the post-treatment services provided by the Outcomes Clinic include:
As a result of treatment, children may experience changes in intellectual and motor function. Among several programs addressing these needs are the School Liaison Program and Back to School Program, which provide individualized services to ease children's return to school and maximize their ability to learn.
Our staff of compassionate and experienced pediatric subspecialists includes neuro-oncologists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, neuropathologists, psychologists, and neuropsychologists.
Our physicians are focused on family-centered care: from your first visit, you’ll work with a team of professionals who are committed to supporting all of your family’s physical and psychosocial needs.
Our program offers unique access to a range of clinical trials in which your child can receive the newest brain tumor treatments. Through this research, our physicians work to improve current therapeutic approaches and outcomes for many hard-to-treat pediatric brain tumors.
Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s is the only center in New England that offers Phase I Children’s Oncology Group clinical trials. Our Center is also a member of the Pediatric Oncology Experimental Therapeutic Investigators Consortium and the Department of Defense Neurofibromatosis Clinical Trials Consortium.
We are consistently one of the most highly funded pediatric brain tumor research centers in the United States, and a major focus of the program is rapidly translating scientific discoveries to the bedside. Members of our brain tumor team:
Clinical trials are studies that evaluate the effectiveness of new interventions. There are different types of cancer clinical trials, such as prevention trials, early detection trials, and treatment trials.
The Pediatric Brain Tumor Program participates in several multi-center national clinical trials.
Referring physicians: 617-632-2680 or 1-888-Pedi-Onc (733-4662)
We understand a cancer diagnosis is extremely difficult to cope with. We are always available to offer a consultation or second opinion for your child.
If your child has been diagnosed with a brain or spinal cord tumor, please contact our program at 888-PEDI-ONC (888-733-4662).
To help us conduct a precise evaluation, it is important we receive a full summary of your child's initial diagnosis.
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