Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program

Brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among children. At Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, the Neuro-Oncology Program is committed to improving the survival rate for children who have tumors of the brain, spinal cord or peripheral nerve through state-of-the-art, research-based care. 

All treatment decisions are discussed at the Neuro-Oncology Tumor Board by a team of subspecialists with expertise in the treatment of childhood brain tumors, including staff from pediatric neurosurgery, radiation oncology, pediatric neuro-oncology and neuroradiology. Patients often are eligible for treatment in one of many innovative research protocols at Children’s Hospital. Such protocols provide our patients with access to new treatment strategies and promising drugs that are available only at a few centers around the country.

The Neuro-Oncology Research Program at Children’s Hospital is funded in part by the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is part of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Clinical Trials Consortium, which has as its goal to identify and evaluate novel treatments and expedite the progress of pediatric neuro-oncological care.