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Our program is nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best pediatric cancer programs.

Miami Children's Hospital is proud to be a center of excellence for the care of children with brain tumors in South Florida.  

The prognosis and survival for children with brain tumors has improved significantly in the last decade. It is now possible to successfully treat a majority of children with such tumors. The Neuro-Oncology Program at Miami Children’s Hospital incorporates a multidisciplinary team, including experts in neuro-oncology, neurosurgery, neuro-radiology, radiation oncology and other specialists who contribute to the diagnosis and treatment of all types of benign or malignant brain tumors.

The Cancer Center works closely with the Miami Children’s Brain Institute to provide the highest quality care for children with brain tumors. Following appropriate surgical treatment by the world-renowned neurosurgery team, treatment with chemotherapy or radiation therapy may be required.

The Neuro-Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant programs at Miami Children’s utilize innovative modalities such as stem cell transplants and are pioneering new protocols such as anti-angiogenesis treatment for brain tumors as well as alternative therapies. MCH is conducting research to reduce the long-term impact of radiation therapy and examine the effects of non-conventional drugs on cell lines derived from brain tumors.

The Brain Tumor Clinic is comprised of a multidisciplinary team that meets regularly to evaluate brain tumors and address psycho-social and cognitive issues, as well as medical needs.

Pediatric Neuro OncologyA multidisciplinary team consisting of Neuro-Radiology, Neurosurgery, Neurology, Neuro-Oncology and Radiation Therapy is available for the diagnosis and treatment of all types of benign or malignant brain tumors.

The Neuro Oncology specialist provides initial consultation for referrals with suspected or proven brain tumors. Appropriate referrals to the neurosurgeon, or radiotherapist would be made. When appropriate, the latest chemotherapy protocols will be given for patients with selected tumors. Chemotherapy can improve survival and cure rates in a variety of tumors such as medulloblastoma, germinoma and astrocytoma. In addition chemotherapy can be offered to infants with malignant tumors in an effort to delay or completely avoid the need for radiation therapy.
The Neuro Oncologist will coordinate the treatment of a child with a brain tumor with the neurosurgeon and radiation therapist and will supervise chemotherapy administration in the inpatient and outpatient setting. Commission on CancerCareful attention is given to the neuropsychologic and developmental effects of treatment. Neurological support and Psychological support is of utmost importance. The full services of Miami Children's Hospital are available for the best care to our children with brain tumors.

Innovative diagnostic modalities and research studies are available for cases of resistant or recurrent tumors. Miami Children's Hospital is a full member of the Children's Oncology Group and has access to phase II research protocols for the use of investigational new agents.

For additional information or if you wish to schedule an appointment use our MCH Appointment request form or call the dedicated MCH Appointment Line numbers 786-MCH-APPT (786-624-2778)  or toll free 1-888-MCH-APPT (1-888-624-2778).

Additional Cancer Center Resources
Bone Marrow Transplant
- Meet the Bone Marrow Transplant Team
- Bone Marrow Transplant Patient Success Stories
Brain Cancer Research Program
Cancer Center Physicians
Living Room Infusion Center
Neuro Oncology
- Meet the Neuro Oncology Team
Cancer Patient Success Stories
- Bria, Osteosarcoma
- Daniella, T-cell Lymphoma
- Destiny, Cancerous Tumors
- Jany, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Sofia, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Pediatric Cancer Department Highlights
Additional Cancer Resources
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