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Pediatric Brain Tumors

Key points about brain tumors

  • Brain tumors start in the cells of the brain.
  • Brain tumors can grow at any age. Those that grow in infants and children are very different from those in adults. 
  • The types of brain tumors are based on the cell type and its location in the brain.
  • Some common symptoms of brain tumors are headache, nausea and vomiting, and trouble with movement.
  • Most children are treated with surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. 
  • On-going follow-up is important to watch for effects of tumors or treatment and the cancer growing back.
  • Children’s National Hospital offers a full-range of pediatric brain tumor therapies including surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and targeted therapies.
Children's Team

Children's Team


Roger Packer

Roger Packer

Director, Gilbert Neurofibromatosis Institute
Director, Brain Tumor Institute
Brian Rood

Brian Rood

Director, Clinical Neuro-Oncology
Medical Director, Brain Tumor Institute
Mi Ran Shin

Mi Ran Shin

Associate Fellowship Program Director, Rehabilitation Medicine
Associate Medical Director, Safe Kids DC
Pediatric Rehabilitation Specialist
Hasan Syed

Hasan Syed

Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship
Karin Walsh

Karin Walsh

Assistant Director of Research and Scholarship, Neuropsychology
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. Lexy was suffering from intense fatigue and constant headaches, and was unable to keep up with her rigorous dance training or even finish days of school, which had never posed a problem for her in the past.



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.


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


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


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


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

Blood and Marrow Transplant

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