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Liesel, a patient treated for a brain tumor, and Dr. Lee, one of her neurosurgeons

Treating Brain Tumors

If your child or young adult has a brain tumor, Seattle Children's team has the medical and surgical expertise they may need to not only survive, but thrive — from diagnosis through all phases of treatment and long-term follow-up care.

Seattle Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center is the only pediatric cancer center in the Pacific Northwest accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. Read on to learn why U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks it as one of the nation's top pediatric oncology and cancer surgery centers.

Kira Sings Her Way Through Brain Surgery
A Team Approach to Fighting Childhood Cancer

37 Brain tumor clinical trials
83.5% Seattle Children's 5-year survival rates for brain tumor patients are consistently among the best in the country
40+ Board-certified pediatric surgeons and oncologists at Seattle Children's

Seattle Children's Brain Tumor Program brings together one of the most coordinated care teams of experts in neurosciences, brain surgery and cancer care in the Pacific Northwest to offer your child the safest, most effective treatment plan.


Avery, a patient treated for a brain tumor at Seattle Children's

"The surgery was risky and giving the green light was the most difficult decision I’ve ever made, but that day in January ended up being the happiest of my life. We never dared to think that the doctors could get 100% of Avery's tumor while protecting what made our daughter herself."

— Kristie Berg, Avery's mom

Liesel, a patient treated for a brain tumor at Seattle Children's

"I was told it was about a two-year recovery process after surgery and that after two years, that was as good as I was going to get. But, every year, I somehow reach a new height."

— Liesel Von Imhof, Seattle Children's patient

Experience matters.

Research shows that centers like Seattle Children's that do many surgeries every year are more likely to have better results for their patients. Our neurosurgeons are among the most experienced in the nation at treating cancers of the central nervous system in babies, children and young adults up to age 30.


We have expertise in all childhood tumors, including:

  • Low-Grade Glioma (LGG), including Pilocytic Astrocytoma and Diffuse Astrocytoma
  • High-Grade Glioma (HGG), including Glioblastoma Multiforme
  • Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) and other diffuse midline gliomas with histone 3 mutations (DMG)
  • Embryonal Tumor with Multilayered Rosettes (ETMR) and other rare childhood tumors
  • Medulloblastoma
  • Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumor (ATRT)
  • Ependymoma
  • Tumors of the pituitary
  • Germ cell tumors
  • Craniopharyngioma
Dr. Amy Lee, division chief, Neurosurgery

"When a child walks through our doors, they're not meeting just one neurosurgeon.

They really are taken care of by an entire team. We have expertise in all aspects of a child's care — pathology, neuroradiology, oncology, neurosurgery. Every bit of that expertise is needed to ensure that child has the best outcome."

— Dr. Amy Lee, division chief, Neurosurgery

Dr. Sarah Leary, pediatric neuro-oncologist

"The biggest factor making a difference in the life of a child with a brain tumor is the success of their surgeryAnything we can do to make surgery safer or better not only impacts survival, but the quality of survival."

Dr. Sarah Leary, pediatric neuro-oncologist

With the nation's top leaders in brain tumor care and research, Seattle Children's Brain Tumor Program offers some of the most advanced treatments and clinical trials of any pediatric hospital.


Providers at Seattle Children's reading a brain scan

Seattle Children's Brain Tumor Program provides access to the most innovative, minimally invasive procedures offered by children’s hospitals in the nation, including laser ablation and procedures using the ROSA™ robotic surgical assistant.

Dr. Lawlor uses a microscope at Seattle Children's Research Institute

Through our partnership in the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), our patients benefit from the work of physician-scientists at Fred Hutch and UW Medicine, as well as at Seattle Children's. The National Cancer Institute has named our partnership a comprehensive cancer center.

Dr. Ramirez high-fives Liesel, a patient treated for a brain tumor at Seattle Children's

Seattle Children's Brain Tumor Program cares for your child from diagnosis through all phases of treatment and follow-up survivor care, helping them grow up to be healthy and productive adults.  

Dr. Sato cares for Laura, a patient treated for a brain tumor at Seattle Children's

After your child's treatment ends, our Cancer Survivor Program will help keep your child healthy over the long term by providing care until they become adults. We keep you informed about future health risks and partner with the Survivorship Program at Fred Hutch to transition survivors to adult care when they are ready.

Many children and families travel to Seattle Children's for brain tumor treatment and surgery.
We help you coordinate transportation and housing so you can stay focused on your child.
We have lots of experience helping families make the transition back home safely.


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