Treatments for Brain Tumors in Children

Your Child's Care Begins Here

Our pediatric oncologists and neurosurgeons collaborate closely on treatment, which usually begins with a neurosurgical procedure. Our pediatric neurosurgeons are skilled at helping kids of all ages with brain tumors. In order to provide guidance during surgery and work towards the best possible treatment results, we use state-of-the-art techniques and tools like:

  • Minimally invasive approaches
  • Neuro-navigation, which is computer-assisted technology to guide the surgeon 
  • Intraoperative MRI to check if all of the tumor has been removed during surgery
  • Intraoperative neuromonitoring for real-time feedback of the function of nerves, brain and spinal cord

Advances in radiation therapy and multi-agent chemotherapy are also contributing to better outcomes than in the past.

We offer a multidisciplinary, weekly brain tumor conference, dedicated to improving the lives of children with brain tumors. Our brain tumor team includes pediatric oncologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons and other pediatric medical specialists. Together, we can help your child get through treatment with as few side effects as possible. 

Treatments We Provide


Chemotherapy refers to strong drug combinations to destroy cancer cells, with positive results in many children with brain tumors. Chemo can also be used to delay or eliminate the need for radiation treatment.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy is the use of high-energy X-rays to destroy rapidly multiplying cancer cells. It is very effective in treating many types of brain tumors.

Precision Neurosurgery

The newest surgical techniques use special devices to target tumors through 3-D images of the brain. Intraoperative MRI is a powerful tool our neurosurgeons use in the removal of many types of brain tumors.

Children's Clinical Trials

We offer a number of national and international Phase I, II and II clinical research trials through our collaborations with HeadStart, Children’s Oncology Group, Neuroblastoma and Medulloblastoma Translational Research Consortium and our Haworth Innovative Therapeutics Clinic.