• Brain Tumor Center

    Kimberly Stegmaier MD

    The Pediatric Brain Tumor Center at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center is a world-renowned destination for children with malignant and non-malignant brain and spinal cord tumors. Our patients receive care from neurologists, neuro-oncologists, neurosurgeons and pediatric subspecialists with extensive expertise in the conditions we treat.

    Located in Boston, MA, Dana-Farber/Boston Children's offers patients the most advanced diagnostics and treatments available, including:

    • Access to advanced technology like intraoperative MRI, which allows our neurosurgeons to simultaneously perform surgery on brain tumors and obtain multiple images to ensure maximal tumor removal without the need for multiple surgeries
    • Access to New England’s only pediatric PET (positron emission tomography) scanner and PET fusion imaging, which provide precise anatomical and functional images to help guide treatment decisions
    • Specialized programs providing world-class treatment of low- and high-grade gliomas and medulloblastoma
    • Advanced equipment that allows our radiation oncologists to deliver radiation doses to the tumor while minimizing exposure to healthy brain tissue
    • Innovative brain tumor clinical trials for improving outcomes and reducing recovery times

    When appropriate for treatment, we also can refer your child for proton beam therapy at the Northeast Proton Therapy Center, the region’s only proton beam center.

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    New research from Dana-Farber/Boston Children's and partner institutions could help physicians choose targeted therapies with a better chance of combating pediatric high-grade astrocytomas, which are extremely difficult to treat with radiation and surgery.
    • Genetic Testing

      Pediatric Cancer Genetics Program

      A genetic test can explain why a child or young adult developed cancer and can help to predict whether he/she is at risk for other cancers.

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      Cancer Survivorship Program

      Providing care and advocacy for survivors of childhood cancer through ongoing education, support and research on the long-term effects of cancer treatments.

    • psychosocial oncology

      Psychosocial Oncology Program

      Social workers, psychologists and resource specialists offering help with the social, emotional and psychological aspects of caring for children with cancer.

  • Brain Tumor Consultations and Second Opinions

    Call 1-855-320-2093 to schedule a consultation, referral, or second opinion.
  • Brain Tumor Clinical Trials

    Through research and clinical trials, we are leading the way in improving survival rates for hard-to-treat pediatric brain tumors.callout bg
  • Ranked #1 for Cancer Care

    US News

    Rated the top pediatric
    cancer center by U.S. News & World Report

  • Young athlete strikes out cancer

    Nicholas Frith 

    A young baseball fan gives back after being successfully treated for diagnosed as a mixed germ cell brain tumor at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's.

  • Treating Brain Tumors

    Mark Kieran, MD, PhD, provides a one-hour presentation for parents on latest approaches to treating brain tumors; sponsored by American Brain Tumor Association.