Seattle Children's has a long history of successfully caring for children and teens who have brain tumors. “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. 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.
Brain tumors in children and teens are uncommon and 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 children’s cancer centers that make up the Children’s Oncology Group. Children diagnosed with brain tumors are usually treated at SCCA's parent organization, Seattle Children's.
Seattle Children's brain tumor program brings together experts from many 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 Children’s doctors take part in national and international research studies, and often lead them, Children’s can offer new treatment options that many other hospitals cannot give their patients. In 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Children’s cancer program, including the brain tumor program #5 in the nation.
Read more about Brain Tumors on the Seattle Children's web site.
To make an appointment, call Seattle Children's at (206) 987-2106.