Brain Tumor Center Referrals and Second Opinions

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At Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, we understand a brain tumor diagnosis is difficult to face, and we are available to offer a consultation or second opinion for your child. Our brain tumor treatment team meets weekly to review new cases and provide treatment recommendations. The team reviews cases each Thursday. Information must arrive to us by Monday of review week. Physicians strive to communicate recommendations by Tuesday of the following week.

To receive a consultation or second opinion for your child, please contact us at 617-632-2680.

After we speak with you, we will ask you to complete a form providing:

Patient summary

  • your child's name, gender, and date of birth
  • your address
  • parent or guardian contact information
  • insurance information

Clinical summary 

  • Diagnosis
  • Date of diagnosis
  • Date of most recent MRI
  • Date of last surgery
  • Brief summary of cancer diagnosis
  • Current/planned therapy

We also will ask you to send us: 

  • MRI scans from diagnosis to present – Please have films digitized (put on CD) in DICOM format. You can mail or upload through the web. (Please email btc_scheduling@dfci.harvard.edu for a link to upload MRIs.)
  • Pathology slides and associated reports (if tissue was removed) – If physicians must evaluate pathology slides and films, fees are associated with the review. Please contact your insurance company regarding coverage.
  • Operative note (if surgery was performed)
  • Radiation therapeutic summary (if the child received radiation therapy)
    • Planning notes
    • Start and end dates of therapy
    • Type(s) of radiation with dosage(s)
  • Copy of chemotherapy protocol (if the child received chemotherapy)
  • Chemotherapeutic agents with dates and doses  

International patients must be registered through our International Patient Services.

Mailing address
Pediatric Brain Tumor Center
Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
450 Brookline Avenue, DA3
Boston, MA 02115

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If this is a medical emergency, please dial 9-1-1. This form should not be used in an emergency.

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Send RequestIf you do not see the specialty you are looking for, please call us at: 617-355-6000.International visitors should call International Health Services at +1-617-355-5209.
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This department is currently not accepting appointment requests online. Please call us at: 617-355-6000. International +1-617-355-6000.

This department is currently not accepting appointment requests online. Please call us at: 617-355-6000. International +1-617-355-6000.

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