Giles Robinson, MD, with a St. Jude patient

Why St. Jude for brain tumor treatment?

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has the only brain tumor program in the world that is devoted entirely to children. It is also the only pediatric brain tumor program that works in direct collaboration with a research department in developmental neurobiology, established in 1995 to study the causes of childhood brain tumors.

The extent to which the brain tumor program is integrated with other hospital areas is unique. The clinical program is a partnership between radiation oncology and hematology-oncology departments and is supported by other services including neurology, pathology nursing, psychology and rehabilitation.

St. Jude is the only pediatric specialty cancer center funded by the National Cancer Institute and the only private cancer center in the United States committed to caring for and supporting children with cancer regardless of the family’s financial or healthcare resources.

Over the past 15 years, St. Jude has developed a major program dedicated to the care of children with brain tumors. The pediatric brain tumor program is committed to ideal patient care in a setting that emphasizes clinical investigation, providing opportunities to explore new forms of treatment for brain tumors that threaten the length and quality of a child’s life.

Through close collaboration with the pediatric neurosurgeons at Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis, the childhood brain tumor program offers a closely knit, multidisciplinary group of physicians, scientists, nurses and support personnel representing the many types of treatment and support crucial to the comprehensive care of children with brain tumors.

Since its beginning, St. Jude’s Brain Tumor Program has focused on the most challenging problems in pediatric neuro-oncology. In this Web site, we summarize our current approaches for treating the most common and potentially life-threatening pediatric brain tumors: medulloblastoma, malignant gliomas, low-grade gliomas and children younger than three years old who develop brain tumors. In each instance, we combine the skill and experience of an outstanding team dedicated to working with children who have brain tumors.

This team includes neurosurgeons at Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center and St. Jude specialists in neuro-oncology and pediatric radiation oncology. We are supported by an array of other physicians (representing neuro-imaging, neuropsychology, neuropathology and neuroendocrinology) and staff (including specially trained nurses and nurse practitioners, rehabilitation specialists and technologists in psychology and audiometry).

St. Jude has created more clinical trials for cancer than any other children’s hospital in the United States.

The nurse-to-patient ratio at St. Jude is unmatched—averaging 1:3 in hematology and oncology, and 1:1 in the Intensive Care Unit.

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