Compassionate Care Based on the Latest Research
Brain tumors are the most common solid tumors in children. At NewYork-Presbyterian, we understand the challenges faced by young patients with brain and spinal tumors and their families. We also know that innovative research and a better understanding of brain tumor biology are essential for making progress against these cancers. We provide comprehensive care and clinical trials for children with brain and spinal cord tumors. Our programs feature multi-tiered research efforts aimed at treating brain tumors in children that were considered elsewhere to be untreatable.
When you bring your child to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital for the care of a brain or spinal tumor, you'll benefit from researchers, doctors, nurses, and other specialists dedicated to continually improving the care of patients with these cancers. We offer:
- Teams of Professionals: From the moment of diagnosis, our teams of pediatric neurosurgeons, pediatric neurologists, radiation therapists, neuroendocrinologists, and oncologists customize a treatment plan for your child. Nurses, child life specialists, social workers, and others are vital members of the team who deliver and support your child's care. Together, your child's team selects and manages the most effective combination of therapies.
- Nationally Ranked Children's Hospitals: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital ranks in more pediatric specialties than any other New York metro area hospital in U.S. News & World Report's Best Children's Hospitals report. Your child's healthcare team has access to all of the various pediatric medical and surgical subspecialists who practice at NewYork-Presbyterian, ensuring that all of your child's medical needs can be addressed.
- Personalized Care Based on the Genetics of Your Child's Tumor: Through the Children's Brain Tumor Project at NewYork-Presbyterian/Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children's Health and the Precision in Pediatric Sequencing (PIPseq) program at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, we can identify the molecular fingerprint of your child's tumor, yielding genetic data that enables us to personalize his or her therapy. This approach has the potential to propel pediatric brain tumor care to new levels of success. Armed with individual genetic information, our researchers hope to identify alternative delivery methods and drugs that specifically target each child's tumor such as anticancer agents delivered directly to tumors via microcatheters (very tiny tubes inserted into the tumor).
- An Eye on Quality of Life: Treatments for brain tumors, such as radiation therapy, can adversely impact a child's long-term development. We're committed to getting your child back to a normal childhood - maximizing the effectiveness of his or her treatment while reducing potential risks so your child can have the best chance of experiencing normal growth, sexual maturity, and academic performance.
- Research Opportunities: Our laboratory investigators are conducting studies to identify new targets for brain tumor treatments in children. For example, they're studying how to harness the power of the immune system to find and attack tumor cells. Recent studies suggest this might be possible by combining immunotherapy with standard chemotherapy. We are also members of the national Children's Oncology Group. Your child may have opportunities to receive a promising investigational therapy through a clinical trial.