Neuro-oncology is the study and treatment of cancerous and non-cancerous tumors in the central nervous system. Children’s Neuro-oncology Program brings together a multidisciplinary neuro-oncology team to care for and treat patients with brain tumors and neurologic complications of systemic cancers. Our specialty team includes pediatric neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, neuro-oncologists, neuropathologists, neurologists, endocrinologists, neuropsychologists, rehabilitation medicine specialists, nurse practitioners, social workers, and research scientists. We provide state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment for brain tumors while caring for every child's emotional and psychological health.
Why Families Choose Us
A Comprehensive Approach for a Specific Condition
The Neuro-oncology team brings together pediatric specialists from other medical specialties to give your child the best care possible. Your care team may include:
- Radiation Therapy
- Rehabilitation Medicine
- Diagnostic Imaging & Radiology
Subspecialty Experts in Pediatric Neuro-oncology
- Our pediatric diagnostic imaging specialists use the latest techniques and equipment to determine the best course of treatment for patients.
- Children's Hospital Oakland boasts some of the leading surgeons in the world who combine their expertise with the high level of compassion we're known for.
- Board-certified neuropsychologists look at brain development and the effects of various forms of brain injury to help guide treatment and educational planning.
- Children's Neuro-oncology Program is a member of the Children's Oncology Group (COG) and enrolls our patients in a variety of clinical trials.
- Children’s is one of only 42 centers worldwide and the only children's hospital in Northern California that participates in the Head Start Consortium for Pediatric Brain Tumors. Head Start studies focus on improving the cure rate and quality of survival for young children newly-diagnosed with all types of malignant brain tumors.
- As a member of the Head Start Consortium, we can offer innovative therapies that substitute intensive chemotherapy and peripheral blood stem cell rescue in place of radiation therapy, in the hope that this treatment will decrease the long-term consequences of brain tumor treatment.
Support Programs for Ongoing Assistance
- Child Life Services is a comprehensive therapeutic-activities program designed to reduce the impact of stressful or traumatic medical intervention. Specially-trained Child Life specialists engage children in pre-operative medical play, helping them "perform" surgery on a doll and explaining step-by-step how medical equipment works and what to expect.
- Children's ThinkFirst Program provides education to school-age children and adolescents to help prevent brain and spinal cord injuries. ThinkFirst was developed by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and is directed by a member of our staff.
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