Treatment of brain tumors in children usually differs from treatment in adults. You can expect the best care for your child at Mayo Clinic for these reasons:
- Specialists in children's health care. In Mayo Clinic's Pediatric Brain Tumor Clinic, specialists work together to deliver the most effective treatment for your child. A pediatric neuro-oncologist specializing in brain tumors typically will be your child's primary doctor. This doctor will coordinate access to other specialists from the brain tumor treatment team, including neurology, neurosurgery, neuroradiology, pediatric endocrinology, neuropathology, radiation oncology, pediatric oncology, psychology and brain rehabilitation.
- Experience. Mayo Clinic specialists treat many types of pediatric brain tumors, including common and rare. Types of pediatric brain tumors treated at Mayo Clinic include medulloblastoma, primitive neuroectodermal tumors, ependymoma, gliomas, germ cell tumors, infant brain tumors, spinal cord tumors and craniopharyngiomas.
- Expertise. Mayo neurosurgeons have extensive experience in tumor removal in both children and adults. Surgery removes all or part of the tumor while minimizing damage to healthy tissue. Mayo Clinic's expertise in computer-assisted brain surgery allows neurosurgeons to precisely locate tumors and remove them using the safest and least invasive route possible. Brain-mapping techniques, intraoperative MRI and awake brain surgery help surgeons operate without injuring critical areas of the brain.
- Access to clinical trials. Mayo Clinic is a member of the Children's Oncology Group. This large collaboration among hospitals gives children with brain tumors access to clinical trials that offer the latest in treatments for childhood cancers.
- Comprehensive cancer center. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, recognizing scientific excellence and a multispecialty approach focused on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for neurology and neurosurgery in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report.
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