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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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Providers Who Treat Brain Tumors

    Departments that Treat Brain Tumors

    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.

    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.

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    Blood and Marrow Transplant

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