Brain Tumors Overview
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“Brain tumor” is the term that covers many types of tumors, or abnormal growths of cells, within the skull. Some but not all brain tumors are malignant (cancerous). Tumors in the brain can have a wide range of effects. They can impact the senses, learning, memory, emotions, and movement. The effects of brain tumors and the best treatment depend on the type of tumor your child has, where it’s located, whether it has spread, your child’s age, and other aspects of your child’s health.

Children and teens with brain tumors are treated at Seattle Children’s, a founding organization of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Seattle Children’s has a long history of successfully caring for children and teens with brain tumors.

Expert Care for Your Child

Brain tumors in children and teens are uncommon, so community doctors usually have limited knowledge of pediatric brain tumor treatment. This is why almost all children with brain tumors in the United States receive treatment through one of the centers—like Seattle Children’s—that make up the Children’s Oncology Group.

Seattle Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and Brain Tumor Clinic bring together experts from more than 20 subspecialties to provide diagnostic services and treatments, including the very latest options. The team of pediatric oncologists, neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, Child Life specialists, social workers, and chaplains partner with you to provide expert, family-centered care and compassionate support. We help you understand your child’s health and treatment options because you, your child, and your family are an important part of the care team.

Because Seattle Children’s doctors take part in national and international research studies, and often lead them, we can offer new treatment options that many other hospitals cannot give their patients. In 2014, U.S. News & World Report ranked Seattle Children’s cancer program, including the brain tumor program, #7 in the nation.

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To make an appointment, call Seattle Children’s at (206) 987-2106.