Children's Neuroscience Center
Pediatric Brain Tumor Program
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Pediatric brain tumors are the second most common cancer in children,
with approximately 2,500 to 3,500 brain tumors diagnosed in the United States
Through the collaborative efforts of The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital, Children’s Memorial Hermann
Hospital and affiliated physicians from the UTHealth Medical School, advances
are being made in the treatment and survival of patients with these tumors.
Brain tumors in children are often
very different from those in adults,
in cell type, presentation and
responsiveness to treatment. Because
a child’s brain is still developing, it is
important for a child or adolescent
to receive diagnosis and treatment
from a physician team specializing in
pediatric brain tumors.
Tumors present in a variety of ways
depending on their location in the
brain. The most common signs and
symptoms are headache and vomiting due to elevated intracranial pressure. In
infants and young children, irritability or a fontanelle that is fuller than normal
may signal elevated intracranial pressure. Other signs and symptoms may include:
The Pediatric Brain Tumor
Program brings together a team of
experts affiliated with Children’s
Memorial Hermann Hospital and
MD Anderson Children’s Cancer
Hospital to serve physicians,
patients and families with new and
advanced ways to diagnose and
treat childhood brain tumors.
The pediatric brain tumor
team includes board-certified
Additional support is provided by psychologists, nutritionists, social workers and
child life specialists as well as developmental and education specialists.
With a family-centered approach, the team treats a variety of brain and spinal
Physicians with the Pediatric Brain Tumor Program partner with patients and families
to deliver the best treatment tailored to children with brain and spinal tumors. In
addition, the patient’s pediatrician will stay updated throughout the child’s care.
The program includes:
Please call MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital at (713) 792-5410, and a patient
access specialist will connect you to a pediatric brain tumor specialist.