When a child is diagnosed with a brain tumor or spine tumor, a number of specialists need to participate in the treatment plan. Weill Cornell Medicine's Pediatric Brain and Spinal Cord Tumor Program is a multidisciplinary effort directed by highly trained clinicians with specific areas of expertise. From the moment of diagnosis, a program team — most often a neurologist, radiation therapist, neuroendocrinologist, and oncologist — join the neurosurgeon in developing a treatment plan for the child. Together the team will select and manage the most effective combination of therapies for each patient. The team is committed to getting their young patients back to their normal childhoods — that means maximizing the impact of treatment while reducing potential risks so that the children can have an optimal prognosis for normal growth, sexual maturity, and cognitive performance. For spine tumors, our pediatric neurosurgeons collaborate with the spine specialists at Och Spine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center to get the best possible outcomes.
At Weill Cornell Medicine, advanced drug therapies are now being used in a study for children with malignancies of the central nervous system. In addition, studies are currently being conducted on novel approaches to treatment of pediatric tumors. Read more about our milestone clinical trials that test innovative treatment options for inoperable brain tumors in children, and find out how you can help support the Children's Brain Tumor Project, an innovative effort to find new options for rare and inoperable pediatric brain tumors.
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