Treatments & Procedures

Maximizing Effectiveness, Minimizing Risk

When we design a regimen of brain or spinal tumor treatment for your child, we aim to choose therapies that are as effective as possible while minimizing the risk of long-term side effects. Your child's treatment may include one or more of the following:

Surgery

  • We carefully plan your child's surgery to remove tumor tissue while sparing healthy tissue and areas of the brain needed for vital functions.
  • Our neurosurgeons have particular expertise in endoscopic neurosurgery, a minimally invasive approach using small telescopes and high-resolution video cameras to see into the brain, and more recently, the spinal canal. Working through a small incision, we can perform operations for certain tumors, with minimal trauma to the brain or spinal cord. This surgical approach results in a shorter hospital stay for your child and a quicker return to normal activities.

Chemotherapy

  • Your child may receive chemotherapy according to regimens specifically geared toward children.
  • We are conducting research to refine the delivery routes through we give chemotherapy and to develop more targeted anticancer agents that zero in on the specific molecules causing brain or spine tumor growth.

Radiation Therapy

  • Because radiation to the brain and spine can cause developmental delays, we limit its use in children and only use it when better treatments are unavailable.
  • We use the lowest doses possible and continuously ensure radiation safety.

Investigational Therapies

  • For us to make progress against pediatric brain and spine tumors, we need to develop and assess new treatments in clinical trials. Your child may have the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial of a novel therapy.
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