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Treatment for Childhood Brain Tumors

  • The Pediatric Brain Tumor Center at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center is a world-renowned destination for children with malignant and non-malignant brain and spinal cord tumors. Our patients receive care from neurologists, neuro-oncologists, neurosurgeons and pediatric subspecialists with extensive expertise in treating these types of childhood cancers.
  • Why Choose Dana-Farber/Boston Children's?

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

    World-renown Specialists

    Our brain tumor specialists are internationally recognized and considered leaders in their clinical fields. Many of our physicians are also researchers, which means your child will have access to the most cutting-edge treatment options.

    Genetic Profiling and Precision Medicine

    We offer genetic profiling of all brain tumors, and we are at the forefront of research into genetic irregularities in pediatric brain tumors. This research is influencing how childhood brain tumors are diagnosed and how they might be treated through targeted therapies (precision medicine).

    Advanced Diagnostic Techniques

    We are home to New England’s only pediatric PET (positron emission tomography) scanner and PET fusion imaging, which provide precise anatomical and functional images to help guide treatment decisions. Our team also includes specialized brain tumor pathologists, who are able to recognize and diagnose even the rarest brain tumor types.

    Advanced Technology

    We use advanced technology like intraoperative MRI, which allows our neurosurgeons to simultaneously perform surgery on brain tumors and obtain multiple images to ensure maximal tumor removal without the need for multiple surgeries

    Innovative Clinical Trials

    We offer innovative treatment options and clinical trials, including experimental therapies for hard-to-treat brain tumors.

    Second Opinions

    We offer expert second opinions (in-person or online) for complex medical questions or decisions regarding a new diagnosis or treatment plan for your child.

    Stem Cell Transplant

    We offer one of the largest and most experienced pediatric stem cell transplant centers in the world. Our state-of-the-art stem cell transplant facility is designed specifically for children and teens undergoing stem cell transplant — minimizing their exposure to harmful toxins and germs without preventing their freedom to leave their room or interact with family and friends.

    Services to Improve Quality of Life

    We provide a range of innovative programs to improve quality of life during and after treatment, including the back-to-school program, home hydration program (to minimize time spent in the hospital receiving chemotherapy) and multiple, age-appropriate activities and outings with child-life specialists.