Brain and Spinal Tumor Program

  • Dr. Hummel examines a patient who is wearing a neck brace.

    Brain and Spinal Tumor Program

    Dr. Hummel examines a patient who is wearing a neck brace.

    Dr. Hummel examines a patient who is wearing a neck brace. 

  • Improving Treatment and Long-Term Outcomes with Comprehensive Care

    The Brain and Spinal Tumor Program at Cincinnati Children’s provides leading-edge, comprehensive care for children and young adults. Through innovative research and clinical care, we are improving treatment and long-term outcomes for patients with brain and spinal tumors.

    The program serves approximately 800 patients from a broad geographic area. Some are newly diagnosed, and others come seeking novel therapies for recurrent tumors. Our physicians, researchers and other members of the medical team offer the full spectrum of the most technologically advanced care available. For example, the BrainSUITE at Cincinnati Children’s creates precise three-dimensional maps of the brain and safely guides our neurosurgeons in the removal of complex tumors. Cincinnati Children’s was the first pediatric hospital in the world to offer this technology.

    Other examples of our advanced technology can be found in the pediatric radiotherapy program, a joint effort with the Department of Radiation Therapy at  University Hospital’s Barrett Cancer Center.  It offers advanced, targeted treatments including shaped beam stereotactic radiation therapy, helical image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) and intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT).

    Comprehensive Care

    Physicians on our core team within the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute are dedicated to treating tumors aggressively while maintaining each child’s quality of life. Our core team includes specialists from:

    Depending on the patient’s needs, your child’s team may also include experts in:

    • Genetics
    • Neuro-ophthalmology (visual problems related to the nervous system) 
    • Pathology (laboratory services)

    The medical director of the Neuro-Oncology Program is Maryam Fouladi, MD, MSc, FRCPC, a national leader in brain and spinal tumor research and treatment.  Fouladi has developed and led several national clinical research studies of leading-edge therapies for these diseases. Dr. Fouladi is also the Chair of the NCI-funded Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium which consists of 11 of the top pediatric brain tumor programs in the country.

    Integrated Team Approach

    At many medical centers, patients and families must travel between different floors or even different buildings to see specialists. Our multidisciplinary clinic brings these specialists together, making visits more convenient and enabling the highest level of communication and coordination of care.

    Nursing Excellence

    Nurses play an integral role on the multidisciplinary team, providing patient care and extensive education. In fact, Cincinnati Children’s is known for nursing excellence. In 2009, the medical center received Magnet status from the Commission on the Magnet Recognition Program. This is the gold standard for recognizing nursing excellence and collaboration among all care providers and patients. Of approximately 5,700 hospitals in the United States, only 6 percent have achieved this status from the Magnet Recognition Program.

 
  • Among the Best

    Our cancer program was rated No. 1 in the country in the 2013-14 list of Best Children’s Hospitals published by U.S. News & World Report.
    Our cancer program was rated No. 1 in the country in the 2013-14 list of Best Children’s Hospitals published by U.S. News & World Report.
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  • Patient Stories

    Read some stories of Cincinnati Children’s patients and their families who have battled cancer, blood and immune disorders.

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