Care at Mayo Clinic for pediatric brain tumors

Treatment of brain tumors in children differs from treatment in adults with brain tumors, so it's critical to get diagnosis and treatment from pediatric brain tumor specialists. You can expect the best care for your child at Mayo Clinic in a family-friendly environment.

Your Mayo Clinic team

As part of the Mayo Clinic Children's Center, pediatric specialists in Mayo's Pediatric Brain Tumor Clinic work together as a multispecialty team to deliver the most effective personalized treatment plan for your child.

Typically, a pediatric neuro-oncologist specializing in brain tumors will be your child's primary doctor. This doctor will coordinate access to other specialists from the pediatric brain tumor treatment team, including pediatric neurology, pediatric neurosurgery, neuroradiology, pediatric endocrinology, neuropathology, pediatric radiation oncology, pediatric oncology, child psychology and pediatric rehabilitation.

Focus on pediatric brain tumors

Mayo Clinic pediatric specialists treat various types of brain tumors in children. Types of pediatric brain tumors treated include medulloblastoma, embryonal tumor, glioma (including astrocytomas, ependymomas and oligodendrogliomas), germ cell brain tumor, infant brain tumor, spinal cord tumor, craniopharyngioma and others.

Access to latest technology

Invented and available only at Mayo Clinic, magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) is a new imaging technique that shows the firmness of a tumor compared with a normal brain. New slip interface imaging reveals how attached the tumor is to normal brain tissue. Both techniques help pediatric neurosurgeons plan safe surgical procedures.

Mayo Clinic also has state-of-the-art 3D printing that has been used to develop models of complex brain tumors using high resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computerized tomography (CT) imaging before surgery. These models are useful for patients and families to better understand the anatomy, and they also help surgeons plan safe surgical procedures.

Mayo Clinic is one of only a limited number of health care facilities in the nation that offers a Proton Beam Therapy Program for children with certain types of brain tumors. In properly selected pediatric patients, proton beam therapy delivers targeted therapeutic doses of radiation to tumors, while sparing healthy brain tissue and reducing the risk of side effects.

Mayo Clinic's expertise in computer-assisted brain surgery allows pediatric neurosurgeons to precisely locate tumors and remove them using the safest and least invasive route possible. Techniques such as brain-mapping and techniques, intraoperative MRI, and awake brain surgery help surgeons operate without injuring critical areas of the brain.

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.

Access to clinical trials

Mayo Clinic is a member of the Children's Oncology Group (COG) and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). This large collaboration among hospitals gives children with brain tumors access to clinical trials that offer the latest in treatments for childhood cancers.

Expertise and rankings

Multispecialty team of pediatric experts

Highly skilled pediatric specialists in Mayo's Pediatric Brain Tumor Clinic work together as a multispecialty team to deliver the most effective personalized treatment plan for your child.

Typically, a pediatric neuro-oncologist specializing in brain tumors coordinates the pediatric brain tumor treatment team, which may include experts from pediatric neurology, pediatric neurosurgery, neuroradiology, pediatric endocrinology, neuropathology, pediatric radiation oncology, pediatric oncology, child psychology and pediatric rehabilitation.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic Children's Center ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for pediatric cancer and for pediatric neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Rankings are based on criteria such as patient outcome, care-related issues, and recommendations by pediatric oncologists and pediatric neurologists and neurosurgeons across the nation.

Mayo Clinic is consistently recognized by external organizations for providing outstanding patient care. These endorsements reinforce the commitment of the Mayo Clinic Children's Center to providing expert pediatric care, tailored to the needs of each child, in a caring and compassionate environment.