Brain Tumors | Diagnosis & Treatment

How are brain tumors diagnosed?

Diagnostic procedures for brain tumors are used to determine the exact type of tumor a child has and whether the tumor has spread. These may include:

After all tests are completed, doctors will be able to outline the best treatment options.

What are the treatment options for brain tumors?

Treatment for brain tumors in children has progressed tremendously in the last decade. These treatments include neurosurgery, radiation therapy or chemotherapy

Neurosurgery for brain tumors

Usually the first treatment to remove as much of the tumor as possible and to relieve pressure on the brain. In general, the more of the tumor that is removed, the greater the chance for survival

Radiation therapy & chemotherapy for brain tumors

Precisely targeted and dosed radiation to kill cancer cells left behind after surgery. In tumors that have spread, radiation therapy can be sometimes delivered to the entire brain and spine. Chemotherapy includes drugs that interfere with cancer cells’ ability to grow or reproduce