The Cure Starts Now Foundation Brain Tumor Center at Cincinnati Children’s provides advanced, comprehensive care for children and young adults with tumors of the brain and spine.

Patients come to the Brain Tumor Center from around the world, some with newly diagnosed tumors and others seeking care for recurrent or treatment-resistant tumors. Conditions we treat include:

Sometimes experimental therapies offer the best hope for a cure. We offer access to clinical trials sponsored by national research organizations and pediatric brain tumor clinical trial collaboratives, as well as protocols that are available only at Cincinnati Children’s.

Brain tumor treatment at Cincinnati Children's.

What Sets Us Apart

‘One-Stop’ Multidisciplinary Care

Caring for a child with a brain tumor often requires multiple teams of doctors. At Cincinnati Children’s, you won’t travel from doctor to doctor for your child’s cancer care. Our care team sees patients together in one location, making visits more convenient for families and enabling the highest level of collaboration and care coordination. Learn more.

Experts in the Field

Our neuro-oncology specialists have extensive experience and expertise. Many hold leadership positions in national research groups such as the Children's Oncology Group and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium.

Comprehensive Treatment Options

We offer the full spectrum of neuro-oncology care, including chemotherapy; proton beam and conventional radiation therapy; surgery; bone marrow transplantation; and novel treatment options. Learn more.

Advanced Surgical Techniques

Our neurosurgeons use sophisticated imaging navigation techniques before and during surgery that use precise three-dimensional maps of the brain. This helps them reach the tumor safely and remove it with minimal damage to healthy brain tissue. Cincinnati Children’s was the first pediatric hospital in the world to offer this technology.

Precise Radiation Therapy

We offer proton therapy, one of the most precise and advanced forms of radiation therapy available in the world today. This specialized technology destroys cancer cells while minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissues. The Proton Therapy Center at Cincinnati Children’s is one of only two such centers in the world owned by a children’s hospital. Cincinnati Children’s is the only proton center with a dedicated research gantry to support the development of safer radiation treatment.

Novel Research

Our team includes renowned scientists with expertise from lab research to the bedside. Our researchers offer cutting-edge science from basic research to an extensive list of clinical research studies in hopes of improving the prognosis and quality of life for patients with brain tumors. Learn more.

A Network of Support

Your child’s care plan is about more than great medicine − it includes comprehensive support services, from music therapy and hospital school to psychological services and pastoral care.

Tumor Genetics

When a brain or spine tumor does not respond to treatment or returns after treatment, we offer extensive genetic profiling. This helps us identify which therapy to use next, based on the tumor’s genetic profile.

Learn more about the Brain Tumor Center at Cincinnati Children’s.

Brain Tumor Survivorship Program

Cancer and cancer treatment can create health problems later in life. This program offers long-term follow up to detect and treat problems early. The team also provides brain and spine tumor survivors with the education and resources they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Learn more.

Family-Centered Care

Your family is an important part of your child’s care team. We encourage your perspective and input, and take time to help you understand your child’s condition and treatment options.

Young Adult Cancer Program

This program addresses the unique medical, emotional and psychosocial concerns of people ages 15-39 who have been diagnosed with a pediatric cancer. Learn more.