• Solid Tumor Center

    Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center logo

    The Solid Tumor Center at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center treats children and teens with a variety of solid malignancies, including bone and soft-tissue tumors, liver and kidney tumors, neuroblastoma, retinoblastoma, and rare tumors. Our doctors provide unparalleled expertise in the diagnosis, treatment and management of these diseases.

    neuroblastoma doctor with a pediatric patient

    Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Solid Tumor Center offers patients the most advanced diagnostics and treatments available, including:

    • Pediatric surgeons who are nationally recognized for their expertise in removing pediatric solid tumors
    • Expert diagnosis by pathologists who use molecular diagnostic testing to identify tumor type and predict which treatments are more likely to work
    • Expertise in limb-preserving surgery for patients with bone tumors
    • The only center in New England, and one of only a few in the country, to offer I-131 MIBG therapy for children with relapsed neuroblastoma
    • Interventional radiologists who use minimally invasive radiofrequency ablation and cryotherapy to help eliminate tumors

    Our Specialized Programs

    Bone and Soft Tissue Program

    Bone and soft tissue tumors form in the body's connective tissues, which include bone, cartilage, blood and fat. These tumors fall into two major categories: benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous).

    Specialists in the Bone and Soft Tissue Program at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center have expertise in treating a wide range of newly diagnosed and relapsed musculoskeletal cancers and benign tumors, including:

    Benign Tumors
    • Bone cyst (aneurysmal)
    • Bone cyst (unicameral or simple)
    • Chondroblastoma 
    • Chondroma
    • Desmoid tumor 
    • Leiomyoma
    • Lipoblastoma
    • Neurofibroma
    • Non-ossifying fibroma
    • Osteochondroma
    • Osteoid osteoma
    Malignant Tumors

    Learn more about our Bone and Soft Tissue Program. 

    Kidney Tumor Treatment Program

    Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center treats all kidney (renal) tumors occurring in children and young adults, including Wilms' tumor and rhabdoid tumor of the kidney.

    Learn more about our Kidney Tumor Treatment Program. 

    Liver Cancer Treatment Program

    Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center treats all primary liver cancers occurring in children and teens. The two most common types of liver cancer are hepatoblastoma and hepatocellular carcinoma. We care for both newly diagnosed liver cancer and for children with relapsed disease.

    Learn more about our Liver Cancer Treatment Program. 

    Neuroblastoma Treatment Program

    Neuroblastoma is a cancerous tumor that begins in nerve tissues of very young children. The Neuroblastoma Program treats newly diagnosed and relapsed patients and provides innovative therapies for children with hard-to-treat neuroblastomas.

    Learn more about our Neuroblastoma Treatment Program. 

    Rare Tumors Program

    At Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, we are committed to providing exceptional care for children with rare cancerous conditions. Our Rare Tumors Program offers the latest therapies and clinical trials, and provides access to pediatric experts with extensive experience treating children and teens with rare solid tumors.

    The disease conditions we treat include:

    Learn more about our Rare Tumors Treatment Program. 

    Retinoblastoma Treatment Program

    Retinoblastoma is a malignant tumor in the retina, the light-detecting cells at the back of the eye. The Retinoblastoma Program offers the latest in diagnosis and treatment options, as well as access to a wide range of pediatric subspecialists to help you and your child manage any treatment challenges and transition back to school and other activities.

    Learn more about our Retinoblastoma Treatment Program. 

    Other conditions

    Specialists at the Solid Tumor Center also treat the following disease conditions:

    • Malignant germ cell tumors
    • Other carcinomas and infrequent tumors
  • Email
  • Print
  • Share
  • Text
Highlight Glossary Terms
  • Make an Appointment

    • For adults:
      877-442-3324 (877-442-DFCI)
    • For children:
      888-733-4662 (888-PEDI-ONC)
    • Or complete the online form.
  • Treating Solid Tumors

    • Find out more about Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center's approach to treating solid tumors in children. 
  • Top Ranked

    • U.S. News and World Report Best Children's Hospital Cancer 2012-2013 logoDana-Farber/ Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center is a top ranked pediatric cancer hospital in the U.S. News & World Report 2012-13 Best Children's Hospitals guide.
  • Find a Clinical Trial