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.
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 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.
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.
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.