Cancers of the brain and spine are particularly challenging because of their very vital and delicate surroundings. At Cook Children's, we've invested in the most advanced, least invasive methods of treatments and surgery, so that we can get our patients back to where they belong—childhood.
Our Neuro-Oncology program blends the services of oncology and neurosciences to give children with central nervous system tumors access to an experienced team of doctors and other caregivers who work together using the latest technology, like our iMRI surgery suite, and evidence-based medicine to improve their health.
Cancers of the central nervous system are the most frequent type of solid tumors in children and rank second only to the leukemias as the most common malignancy in children. They account for approximately 20 percent of all pediatric cancers, with 2,500-3,000 children diagnosed in the U.S. each year. As for the vast majority of childhood cancers, the cause of neurological tumors is not known. Despite progress in successful therapy for all types of childhood cancers in the past decades, they remain the leading cause of cancer death in youth.
You can learn more about the accomplishments, advancements and successes that the Cook Children's Neuro-Oncology team has achieved, and how they are helping children now, and in the future in our Neuro-Oncology Program Annual Report 2013.
Common referral diagnoses:
- Brain tumors
- Astrocytoma and other low-grade glioma
- High-grade glioma
- Brainstem tumors
- Spinal cord tumors
- Plexiform neurofibromas
- Optic tract tumors
- Genetic counseling
Our specialty care team
At Cook Children’s, the best treatments for central nervous system cancers are developed by a team of specialists as part of a comprehensive neuro-oncology program. Along with access to leading-edge clinical trials, the team uses the best-available neurosurgical and radiotherapeutic techniques and equipment, as well as proper chemotherapy regimens.
Murray, Jeffrey C. M.D.
Hematology and Oncology
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||Emily Braly, MSN, RN, CPNP
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If your child has been diagnosed, you probably have lots of questions. We can help. For information on support, research clinical trials, and resources, click here. If you would like to schedule an appointment, refer a patient or speak to our staff, please call our offices at 682-885-4007.