Frequently Asked Questions about the Brain Tumor Program at St. Jude

Can my child be accepted to St. Jude if he or she has already had surgery?

Yes. Prior surgery alone does not exclude your child from being considered for treatment at St. Jude...

How do I initiate a referral from my child's present physician?

A referral can be initiated simply by letting your physician know you would like a second opinion from St. Jude...

How long will my child have to stay at St. Jude?

Your length of stay is always dependent upon the type of treatment required for your child's specific tumor...

Should I get a second opinion?

Getting a second opinion is always a good idea...

What are the survival rates for pediatric brain tumors?

The survival rates for each type of brain tumor vary tremendously...

What makes St. Jude the best place for my child's treatment?

St. Jude is dedicated to the treatment of childhood cancer. Therefore our environment and staff has only one focus--- the child.

What type of support network do you have for family members?

Treating the disease is only one facet of patient care at St. Jude...

What types of brain tumors are treated at St. Jude?

We treat many different types of brain tumors at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Why should my child come to St. Jude at the beginning of his or her therapy?

Once therapy is started, regardless of where it is started, it is important that it be carried out to completion...

Will St. Jude use experimental treatments on my child?

The term "experimental" usually refers to new chemotherapy drugs that are still in the first two phases of testing...

Will all my child's treatment have to be given at St. Jude?

When possible, we will work with a local physician to deliver certain treatments at or closer to home ...

Will my child have to have chemotherapy? Radiation therapy? Additional surgery?

Almost all patients will require a biopsy or surgical resection when they are originally diagnosed with a brain tumor...

Will my child's present physician still be involved in his or her treatment and care?

Absolutely. After your child has been referred to St. Jude and a treatment plan has been recommended, we will be in touch with your local physician...