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Pediatric Brain Tumors

Key Points about Brain Tumors

  • Brain tumors can occur at any age. Brain tumors that occur in infants and children are very different from adult brain tumors.
  • Pediatric brain tumors are unique—and develop differently than adult brain tumors.
  • A brain tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue in the brain. The brain is part of the central nervous system (CNS). The CNS also includes the spinal cord.
  • Most brain tumors are caused by abnormal genes or chromosomes. What causes them to be abnormal is usually not known; tumors can be benign or malignant.
  • Children’s National offers a full-range of pediatric brain tumor therapies including surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and targeted therapies.
  • How do we understand brain tumors?
  • What are some causes of brain tumors?
  • What type of care does your child receive at the Children’s National Brain Tumor Institute?
  • What brain tumor treatments are available at Children's National?
  • What is the best way to contact our team?
Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

Roger Packer

Roger Packer

Senior Vice President, Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral Health
Director, Gilbert Neurofibromatosis Institute
Director, Brain Tumor Institute
Brian Rood

Brian Rood

Director, Clinical Neuro-Oncology
Medical Director, Brain Tumor Institute
Oncologist
Locations that Treat this Condition

Locations that Treat this Condition

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Our Stories

Our Stories

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Lexy's Story

Sixteen-year-old West Virginia native Lexy Blair and her parents knew that something was wrong when she started needing to take breaks during her favorite dance classes.

Departments

Departments

Experimental Therapeutics Program

With exclusive access to new treatments, the Experimental Therapeutics Program at Children’s National offers renewed hope for a good outcome to all families.

Brain Tumor Institute

We bring together a comprehensive team of pediatric oncology and neurology experts, giving children with brain tumors effective, personalized care.

Neuropsychology Outpatient Evaluation

Neurological disorders and injuries that affect the brain, including developmental problems and injury from an accident or birth trauma, can influence the way a child thinks, learns, behaves and expresses emotions.

Neuropsychology

Children’s National Health System has some of the world’s foremost experts in care for children with complex neurodevelopmental disorders affecting the brain and central nervous system.

Neurosurgery

Our neurosurgery experts provide advanced care for newborns and children with complex neurological conditions.

Blood and Marrow Transplant

Our blood and bone marrow disease experts provide advanced transplant procedures for children and teenagers.

Oncology

Our oncology (cancer) team provides personalized treatment plans for children with cancer, including access to clinical trials.

Neurology

Our pediatric neuroscience team is the largest in the country, allowing us to offer our vast experience to patients and families.