Brain tumors in children can be either benign or malignant tumors and can form in the brain and/or spinal cord.
Medulloblastoma is the most common type of childhood brain cancer, but other types of brain tumors include:
- Central nervous system germ cell tumors
Tumors can occur in children at any age, but many tumors are more common at certain ages, such as medulloblastoma, which appears most frequently before the age of 10.
Brain tumors in children differ significantly from tumors found in adults in ways such as the site of origin, symptoms and frequency of the spread of the tumor or tumors. In adults, many so-called brain tumors are actually tumors that have spread to the brain from cancerous sites in other parts of the body. In contrast, brain tumors in children are almost exclusively primary cancers where the tumors develop in the brain.
Why choose the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) for your child’s brain tumor?
The board-certified pediatric oncologists who treat brain tumors at the CTRC are well known as experts in the management of this disease. We are the only National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated cancer center in Central and South Texas.
Patients worldwide seek care at the CTRC because of the significant expertise of our physicians, as well as their understanding that many of the current treatments around the world were developed here at the CTRC by our physicians. Key components of our approach to the care of your child include:
A comprehensive team approach including pediatric neuro-oncologists, neurologists/neuro-surgeons, neuro-radiologists and radiation oncologists. Our team also includes a renowned team of child psychologists, as well as child-life specialists who help children adjust to cancer diagnosis and treatment. Your child’s individualized treatment approach is coordinated and developed based on extensive discussion with the team at one of our pediatric oncology tumor boards.
Ten board-certified CTRC pediatric oncology physicians participate and lead many clinical trials offered through the Children’s Oncology Group. Our pediatric oncology physicians also participate in studies that are sponsored by national and international pediatric cancer groups, including those focused on childhood brain tumors. Our pediatric oncology physicians are part of UTKids, the Health Science Center’s pediatric practice and are affiliated with University Health System’s Children’s Health.
A special concern for children with brain tumors is the close monitoring for potential long-term side-effects and care of survivors of this type of cancer. The Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program allows patients to maintain regular contact with health care providers who understand cancer and its treatment, have immediate access to information related to cancer survival, learn about prevention and early detection of possible late effects and address issues that can arise as the survivor enters adolescence or adulthood. Transition support and services are also available to assist patients in the transition from pediatric care to adult health care services.
Clinical trials at the CTRC
An advantage of receiving care from our pediatric neuro-oncology team at the CTRC is that they can offer opportunities for new cancer treatments and cancer detection tests. Not only are our physicians members of the Children’s Oncology Group, but, as of 2015, we are active members in the Pediatric Oncology Experimental Therapeutics Investigators Consortium, which offers the newest therapies and studies for children with cancer.
Make an appointment
To request an appointment with our team or to make a referral to one of our physicians, please call the CTRC main number: (210) 450-1000 or 800-340-2872 or email CTRCReferral@uthscsa.edu.