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Neuro-Oncology Program

A tumor in the brain can damage a child’s long-term development, potentially affecting their personality, ability to function and growth. We treat a broad range of brain and spinal cord conditions, including astrocytomas, glioblastomas, medulloblastomas and neurofibromatosis.

To improve diagnosis and treatment, our neuro-oncologist, Dr. David Samuel, brings valuable expertise as part of the diverse team – including pathology, neurosurgery, neurology, radiation oncology, psychology, physiatry, nurse navigators, therapists, and social workers – that provides patient care. With in-depth training in this specialized field, Dr. Samuel coordinates the patient’s multidisciplinary care and plays a key role in determining how best to treat the brain tumor. Each week, the multidisciplinary team collectively meets during a solid tumor board to review all patients on active treatment patient scans and determines new or changes to treatment plans for each patient.

As a member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), we have access to the latest protocols for treating brain and CNS tumors. Our physicians also collaborate closely with top institutions such as University of California San Francisco (UCSF) as contributors or co-investigators in advanced clinical studies.

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Brain tumors in children