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Pediatric Brain Tumor Program

The pediatric specialists within the Brain Tumor Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center provide comprehensive, expert testing, therapy and genetic counseling for tumors of the brain and spinal cord.

The goal of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Program is to be a resource for physicians and their patients with nervous-system tumors. We seek to provide personalized management and treatment for patients with these disorders and to apply the newest information and treatments to clinical practice.

Who Benefits from the Pediatric Brain Tumor Program?

  • Patients who want doctors with the necessary skills to provide successful tumor removal and to lower the risk of harmful side effects
  • Infants, children and young adults with tumors of the brain and spinal cord
  • Patients whose tumors have spread to the central nervous system
  • Individuals with a family history of cancer

Advantages of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Program

Integrated Care

The program's services extend from testing through therapy and beyond, including active partnership with the patient's primary care physician, help returning to school and long-term follow-up.

Comprehensive Approach

The program's pediatric specialists are experts in every area of these tumors and their long-term effects.

Expert Testing

The program's doctors use highly advanced imaging and scanning equipment and techniques.


Cedars-Sinai is very active in front-line research programs that apply new approaches to treatment of pediatric central nervous system tumors.

Investigational Treatments

The Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute is actively involved in leading-edge clinical studies to provide patients with the latest treatment options. These studies include:

  • Participation in clinical trials sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) 
  • Access to the National Children's Cancer Study Group clinical trials
  • The Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute's Tumor Vaccine Program, which focuses on using the patient's own immune system to control and destroy tumor growth
  • Phase one and two drug studies, developed at the Institute
  • A bone marrow transplant and rescue program for patients with recurrent tumors

Specialized Services

To ensure that every treatment option is explored, cases are often presented to the Brain Tumor Board, a weekly meeting of multidisciplinary specialists. Patients may also receive a referral for a second opinion.  

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