Treatments for childhood brain and spinal cord tumours
A child diagnosed with a brain or spinal cord tumour will have a treatment plan created just for them by their healthcare team. The plan is based on your child's health and specific information about the tumour. When deciding which treatments to offer for childhood brain and spinal cord tumours, the healthcare team will consider:
- the type, size and location of the tumour
- how far the tumour has grown or spread
- if the tumour can be surgically removed (resectable)
- the grade of the tumour
- your child's age, neurological condition and general health
Surgery is the main treatment for most childhood brain and spinal cord tumours. Radiation therapy, chemotherapy, supportive drugs and other treatments may also be used.
Treatment is given in a pediatric cancer centre by a multidisciplinary team. This includes pediatric neurosurgeons, pediatric neurologists, radiation oncologists, pediatric neuro-oncologists, endocrinologists, nurses and pathologists. Other support staff are also available, such as child life specialists, dietitians, physical therapists, social workers and counsellors.