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Brain tumors are the most common solid tumors in children and can occur at any age. If you’ve just learned your child may have a brain tumor, we know you want the best care possible. Nemours’ pediatric oncology experts will do whatever it takes to offer supportive, compassionate, high-quality care for brain tumors in children, from diagnosis through treatment — and beyond.
Not all brain tumors in children are cancerous. By definition, brain tumors are masses of abnormal cells, however, even those that are not cancerous (referred to as benign) can still be dangerous depending on where in the brain and how large they are. Your child’s doctor can discuss the possibility of surgical removal.
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At Nemours Children’s Clinic, Jacksonville, our pediatric specialists care for benign (not cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) brain tumors in children.
Whatever kind of brain tumor your child might have, know that at Nemours we do whatever it takes to give your child the very best, most compassionate care possible. We’ll be there to help your child and your family every step of the way.
If your child has a possible brain tumor, Nemours’ pediatric oncologists will perform a complete physical examination and medical history, and may order several other diagnostic tests and procedures including:
Watch videos from Nemours’ KidsHealth.org about many of these common tests.
Depending on age, overall health, extent of the disease, and other factors, treatment of brain tumors in children may include one or a combination of:
If we find that a brain tumor is malignant (cancerous), Nemours’ oncologists will guide the care team in helping treat the tumor. If a brain tumor is benign (non-cancerous), a neurosurgeon will take the lead to figure out the best