Treating Pediatric Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors

This information is useful for children
A child recovered from a brain tumor plays outside with friends.

It can be scary to receive a brain tumor diagnosis for your child. Tumors can put pressure on certain parts of the brain and affect how it functions. After leukemia, malignant pediatric brain and spinal cord tumors are the second most-common form of childhood cancer. At the same time, tumors can also be benign, or noncancerous. 

Many childhood brain tumors occur in the back compartment of the brain. The rest of the brain tumor occur in one of the two cerebral hemispheres of the brain or in the spinal cord. Boys are more likely than girls to develop such tumors, with more cases are seen in children under 7 years old. 

At Yale Medicine, our doctors make an effort to use treatments with the least amount of side effects for patients. "The treatments will make them live longer, but we want to make sure that they maintain a good quality of life," says Yale Medicine hematologist and oncologist Asher Marks, MD

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.