The Brain Tumor Program at Texas Children’s Cancer Center is one of the largest of its type in the country, focused on children and adolescents. We treat approximately 140 new pediatric brain tumor patients each year from all over the world, many of whom cannot be treated anywhere else. Brain tumors are the most common type of solid tumors in children, but that doesn’t make it any easier when this diagnosis is first made. Fortunately, the Brain Tumor Program at Texas Children’s Cancer Center is here to help.
Many physicians at Texas Children’s Cancer Center contribute to the care of a child with a brain tumor. Neurosurgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, neuroradiologists, neuropathologists and neurologists discuss each newly diagnosed patient at a weekly conference in order to strategize what the most appropriate treatment plan is for each child. A team of nurse practitioners, nurses, neuropsychologists, endocrinologists, ophthalmologists, social workers and physical and rehabilitation specialists work closely with our physicians to ensure that all aspects of care for our patients and families are addressed.
We believe that caring for the psychosocial and emotional needs of our patients and families are just as important as the medical care they receive. The Brain Tumor Program offers comprehensive support services for the entire family, including: support groups for patients, parents and siblings; psychosocial and pastoral support; teen retreats, recreational camps and education/learning support.
We use the most modern diagnostic neuro-imaging modalities and innovative technologies, such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and spectroscopy. We also use state-of-the-art microscopes and technology to pinpoint patient tumors. Our specialists in cancer genetics and genomics investigate any hereditary causes for the development of cancer and, based upon the results, counsels families accordingly. The Brain Tumor Program is seamlessly joined with our Long Term Survivor Program, which is staffed by experienced physicians who continue to monitor children treated for a brain tumor long after the treatments were completed.
Innovative protocols and therapies
The Brain Tumor Program at Texas Children's Cancer Center provides cutting-edge treatment for children with all types and stages of brain tumors. The Brain Tumor Program develops and participates in national and international research studies and clinical trials, allowing us to treat our patients with the latest and most innovative therapies. Our investigators are leaders in the development of new drugs, sophisticated radiotherapy approaches and the application of other novel approaches to brain tumor therapy. The Developmental Therapeutics Program is among the best in the country, and is actively investigating new agents and provides guidance to our physicians and families on the use of novel brain tumor therapies.
We have also embarked on an exciting and innovative journey involving the development of personalized medicine based on genome sequencing of each patient’s tumor. This will enable us to deliver targeted therapies that are unique to each individual patient, with the potential for greater efficacy and less side effects.
We are a founding member and one of only 10 sites of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium (PBTC). In addition, we are a member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) and also have access to innovative experimental protocols through the COG Phase I Consortium. We were also a founding member of the Texas-Oklahoma Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Consortium (TOPNOC).
Ranked #2 in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
We’re proud to be consistently named as a top program in Texas and the entire southwest region. Overall, Texas Children’s Hospital is ranked #4 and is on the Best Children’s Hospital Honor Roll for the eighth straight year.