The Neuro-Oncology Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is one of the largest pediatric programs dedicated to the care of children with brain and spinal cord tumors. We have a multidisciplinary team of neuro-oncologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, and neuropsychologists to develop treatment plans for patients with brain and spinal cord tumors requiring complex care.
Our pediatric brain tumor patients range in age from infants to young adults, and we customize treatment plans taking into account the age and tumor types. Many of our patients require treatment with proton therapy.
The neuro-oncology team often collaborates with the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Program so that patients are working to regain function through physical, occupational and speech therapies, while undergoing treatment for their tumors.
Our highly integrated translational brain tumor research program and participation in the Children’s Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium helps us to identify the early biological characteristics of astrocytomas and primitive neuro-ectodermal tumors to guide treatment and establish prognosis.