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Pediatric Brain and Spinal Tumors

City of Hope offers comprehensive, family-centered, leading -edge treatment for children, adolescents and young adults (AYA) with malignant and benign tumors of the brain and spinal cord.

For nearly two decades, City of Hope has provided life-saving treatments by bringing basic laboratory research to the patient’s bedside. Gene therapy and stem cell therapy trials are being developed by City of Hope researchers to treat some of the deadliest forms of brain cancer. City of Hope is also a member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), which provides access to the nation’s largest group of pediatric and adolescent clinical trials. In addition, our team of neurosurgeons offers world-class neurosurgical techniques for tumors of both brain and spine. City of Hope was also the first hospital in Southern California to provide Helical TomoTherapy, which dramatically decreases the side effects of radiation treatment.
 
Our board-certified experts in pediatric oncology, radiation therapy and neurosurgery provide treatment for a wide variety of brain and spine tumors including:

  • Glioblastoma multiformae
  • Medulloblastoma/primitive neuroectodermal tumor
  • Brain stem glioma
  • Astrocytoma
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Ependymoma
  • Optic glioma
  • Germ cell tumors of the brain and spine
  • Rare brain tumors
  • Childhood and young adult tumors that have metastasized to the brain
     
Patients with brain and spinal tumors require a team of professionals to provide comprehensive and family-centered care. The City of Hope team includes social workers; child-life specialists; recreation, occupational and physical rehabilitation specialists; school reintegration specialists; nutritionists; psychologists; neuropsychologists; and spiritual-care specialists.

Members of our team:
 
In addition to the best medical care available, City of Hope also provides patients and their families access to several programs that include:
 
  • The Biller Patient and Family Resource Center
  • Unique support programs for adolescents and young adults (AYA) to assist with the often difficult transition into adulthood at the time of illness
  • Late effects/survivor clinic follows patients long after their treatment to identify, treat and counsel for any issue that can arise related to their life-saving treatment
     
City of Hope physicians are leading research to find better treatments for children, adolescents and young adults with brain and spinal tumors. For more information on our pediatric cancer research, including ongoing trials, visit City of Hope’s Clinical Trials Online website.
 

Pediatric Brain and Spinal Tumors

Pediatric Brain and Spinal Tumors

City of Hope offers comprehensive, family-centered, leading -edge treatment for children, adolescents and young adults (AYA) with malignant and benign tumors of the brain and spinal cord.

For nearly two decades, City of Hope has provided life-saving treatments by bringing basic laboratory research to the patient’s bedside. Gene therapy and stem cell therapy trials are being developed by City of Hope researchers to treat some of the deadliest forms of brain cancer. City of Hope is also a member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), which provides access to the nation’s largest group of pediatric and adolescent clinical trials. In addition, our team of neurosurgeons offers world-class neurosurgical techniques for tumors of both brain and spine. City of Hope was also the first hospital in Southern California to provide Helical TomoTherapy, which dramatically decreases the side effects of radiation treatment.
 
Our board-certified experts in pediatric oncology, radiation therapy and neurosurgery provide treatment for a wide variety of brain and spine tumors including:

  • Glioblastoma multiformae
  • Medulloblastoma/primitive neuroectodermal tumor
  • Brain stem glioma
  • Astrocytoma
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Ependymoma
  • Optic glioma
  • Germ cell tumors of the brain and spine
  • Rare brain tumors
  • Childhood and young adult tumors that have metastasized to the brain
     
Patients with brain and spinal tumors require a team of professionals to provide comprehensive and family-centered care. The City of Hope team includes social workers; child-life specialists; recreation, occupational and physical rehabilitation specialists; school reintegration specialists; nutritionists; psychologists; neuropsychologists; and spiritual-care specialists.

Members of our team:
 
In addition to the best medical care available, City of Hope also provides patients and their families access to several programs that include:
 
  • The Biller Patient and Family Resource Center
  • Unique support programs for adolescents and young adults (AYA) to assist with the often difficult transition into adulthood at the time of illness
  • Late effects/survivor clinic follows patients long after their treatment to identify, treat and counsel for any issue that can arise related to their life-saving treatment
     
City of Hope physicians are leading research to find better treatments for children, adolescents and young adults with brain and spinal tumors. For more information on our pediatric cancer research, including ongoing trials, visit City of Hope’s Clinical Trials Online website.
 
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