Your Child's Care Begins Here

Just as every child is different, so is every tumor. We collect both tumor and normal cells from each patient and our pediatric oncology research laboratory does deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and ribonucleic acid (RNA) sequencing to determine the genomic makeup of the cancer, identifying mutations and pathways activating the tumor. These tumor cells are tested against an extensive panel to identify the most sensitive medication for each child's cancer. Our pediatric oncologists use the clinical genomic analysis to create a personalized treatment plan. 

Our pediatric neurosurgeons collaborate closely with oncologists on treatment, which usually begins with a neurosurgical procedure. In order to provide guidance during surgery and work towards the best possible treatment results, our pediatric neurosurgeons 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.