Neuro-Oncology (Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors)
Pediatric Neuro-Oncology, a dedicated program for children with tumors of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), is a sub-specialty of Pediatric Oncology. This nationally recognized program combines the expertise of neuro-oncology, neurosurgery, hematology-oncology, neuro-radiology, neurology, neuropathology and stem cell transplant.
The Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program at the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders is one of the largest programs in the United States, with 50 to 70 children newly diagnosed each year, and more than 1,000 patient visits annually at the Neuro-Oncology Clinic. Treatment on clinical trials is offered to all eligible patients, providing access to the most current and novel therapies available. Ongoing translational research through the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Neuro-Oncology Program is developing innovative, targeted therapies like oncolytic virotherapy which are designed to improve outcomes and reduce side-effects in children with malignant brain tumors.
A comprehensive, multi-disciplinary support program includes social services, rehabilitation medicine, neuropsychology, and school liaisons to provide families with vital resources during and after treatment. Our mission is to successfully treat the children we care for and see them return to happy and productive lives.