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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.


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Brain Tumor Treatment at Children's National Hospital

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


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.

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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.