Brain Tumor Program
The Pediatric Brain Tumor Program provides advanced treatment for brain and spinal cord tumors in a supportive environment. Our goal is to cure as many patients as possible, while providing all patients with the best possible care and quality of life.
In our program, a broad team of specialists coordinate care for every child. Many different types of doctors, including pediatric neuro-oncologists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, rehabilitation medicine doctors and radiation oncologists work together to make a diagnosis and a treatment plan. Our team also includes psychologists, neuro-psychologists, social workers, child life specialists and a school liaison specialist who can help families navigate the challenges of treatment while caring for your child's emotional and psychological health. We work closely with local and national organizations, support groups and community resources for children and their families.
Our neurologists and neurosurgeons are supported by advanced technologies that allow us to remove or destroy tumor tissue while minimizing damage to healthy tissue. For instance, using MRI scanning during surgery helps our surgeons safely remove as much of the tumor as possible. We are also one of only a few centers in California that offer a highly targeted form of radiation therapy using the Gamma Knife and CyberKnife.
We belong to several national research consortiums that are working to discover better and safer treatments for brain and spinal tumors in children. Many of our patients have the option of joining a clinical trial to access experimental therapies.
Our locations (3)
MD, PhDPediatric neurologist and neuro-oncologist
MD, MPHPediatric neuro-oncologist
MD, PhDRadiation oncologist
DOPediatric hematologist-oncologist and neuro-oncologist
MD, PhDPediatric neurosurgeon
MDHematologist-oncologist and neuro-oncologist
Michael D. Prados
MD, PhDRadiation oncologist
MDPediatric neurologist and neuro-oncologist
Awards & recognition
Ranked among the nation's best in 10 specialties
Best in Northern California for cancer care
One of the nation's best in neurology & neurosurgery
in NIH funding among U.S. neurology programs
Plan your visit
What to Bring
- Photo I.D.
- Health insurance card
- Insurance authorization, if required
- Doctor's referral, if required
- Recent test results related to your child's condition
- List of medications, including dosages, plus any your child is allergic to
- List of questions you may have
- Device or paper for taking notes
New visitor rules
Patients may have only one visitor at a time and switch visitors twice a day. Thanks!
We offer valuable information to help you plan for your child's upcoming hospital stay. Find out about food services, family accommodations and more.
Your Child's Care Team
Our doctors, nurses, child life specialists and other providers have special training to care for children. Meet your child's care team.
Interpreter Services & Communication Assistance
Interpreter services in many languages and TDDs are available for families that need help communicating with care teams. Here's how to access them.