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The compassionate experts at Seattle Children’s Brain Tumor Program care for children, teens and young adults who have tumors in their brain or spinal cord.
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Professionals from many fields work together to plan and give care to our patients with brain or spinal cord tumors.
Many members of the team are international experts in treating childhood brain tumors. They lead national groups that study and treat these tumors.
All of our team members have extra training and years of experience in the special needs of children and adolescents.
Providers in the Brain Tumor Program include:
Our neuro-oncologists are doctors with subspecialty training in cancer and blood disorders. They focus on the care of children with brain tumors, both noncancerous and cancerous. They are leaders in brain tumor research and help set new standards to improve care.
Neurosurgeons specialize in surgery to treat conditions that affect the nerves, spinal cord and brain. Seattle Children’s is the leading pediatric neurosurgical center in the Pacific Northwest. Our surgeons have experience treating the types of tumors that affect young people. They give the special care children and teens need for the best possible outcome.
Our radiation oncologist has expertise in all types of radiation therapy, including proton beam therapy and gamma knife. He will design a treatment plan for your child’s tumor while protecting their developing nervous system.
Our neurologist specializes in how brain tumors and treatment may affect the working of the nerves, spinal cord and brain (nervous system). This includes care for headaches or seizures.
Our endocrinologists are doctors with special training and experience in how hormones regulate the body.
Our rehabilitation medicine doctor helps your child regain strength and function after their illness and treatment.
Our nurse coordinator will be your main source of education about your child’s treatment. She coordinates care and eases communication within the team, including your child and family members.
Our nurse practitioners are registered nurses (RNs) with advanced training and education.
These team members evaluate your child’s learning, memory, mood and how they cope with their illness. Neuropsychologists can help prepare your child to return to school and arrange for help they might need in the classroom.
Our skilled counselors give your family emotional support from diagnosis through treatment and recovery. Social workers coordinate care between families, the community and the medical team. They will help your family get the resources you need.
Our dietitian will check your child’s diet. She suggests foods and other nutrition to promote their health and growth.
Our child life specialists work with you, your child and other family members. They help your family relieve tension and express concerns and fears. We want your family to feel more in control of your medical experience.
Your family service coordinator tracks and schedules appointments. These may include clinic visits, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) appointments, lab visits, infusions and consultations.
To request that the Brain Tumor Board review your child’s case, please have your child’s doctor contact us. The whole Brain Tumor Team meets at our weekly Brain Tumor Board to review cases from around the world. Their feedback helps doctors and patients who would like a second opinion or are deciding whether to travel to Seattle for care.
You can contact the Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at 206-987-2106 for an appointment, a second opinion or more information.
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