Cancer patients in need of surgery, including pediatric neurosurgery, at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center have access to world-class pediatric surgical oncologists, state-of-the-art facilities, and a dedicated anesthesiology department for pre-, peri- and postoperative care.
Working alongside patient care teams, our pediatric surgical oncologists are able to quickly and effectively respond to the needs of our patients when surgery is required. Our clinical resources, such as our anesthesiology department, medical subspecialty programs, intensive care units, and radiological capabilities provide families and patients with convenience during what can be a very stressful time.
Working together with treatment teams from all of our pediatric cancer and blood disorders centers, our surgical oncologists are prepared at all times for surgical intervention as a primary or complimentary component of a patient’s treatment plan.
Surgery can be required for multiple reasons:
One of the many benefits we offer patients is a state-of-the-art anesthesiology department available for all peri-operative care and needs (preoperative evaluation, postoperative intensive care unit medicine, pain management, etc.). Prior to surgery, the surgeon and anesthesiologist will visit with the child and her parents to discuss the surgical procedure and answer any questions they may have regarding the pre-, peri-, and postoperative care. After surgery, patients go to a post-anesthesia care unit or the intensive care unit (ICU) depending on the type of surgery and medical complexity involved. Generally, you and your child will experience one of several options after a surgical procedure:
In some cases, children can go home the same day they have a minor surgical procedure. After major surgery, however, the child may need to stay in the hospital for a few days or sometimes longer. When the surgeon determines the child can be discharged, the medical team and your surgeon will discuss home care and provide parents with clear instructions for care and any prescriptions that are needed.
Brain tumor patients in need of surgery at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s are treated by pediatric neurosurgeons who are experts in minimally invasive surgical procedures. Using advanced endoscopic techniques, our neurosurgeons can surgically remove brain tumors in a manner that minimizes impact to surrounding brain structures, shortens operating times and reduces recovery times for our patients. Intra-operative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) also lets our neurosurgeons perform precise and complete tumor resections, which can mean fewer surgeries.
A reputation for innovation and achievement helps us attract some of the world’s most skilled and accomplished neurosurgery professionals. Our neurosurgeons are integral members of our multidisciplinary brain tumor treatment teams. Visit our Brain Tumor Center homepage to learn more about our expertise in diagnosing and treating pediatric brain tumors.
Our neurosurgeons are involved in research that offers new hope for children with brain, spine or central nervous system tumors. We developed and refined some of the most influential advances in pediatric neurosurgery, including:
Our laboratory research focuses on the basic mechanisms of common neurosurgical conditions, such as:
Breakthroughs in our laboratories and clinics play a critical role in children’s health by improving brain surgery and making the experience easier for children and their families.
Our team is actively involved in research to improve understanding of why brain diseases occur and to develop better methods of early detection to ensure that these conditions have as little impact as possible on the developing brain.
Our orthopedic surgeons, clinicians, and families discuss rotationplasty, a surgical option for treating certain bone tumors. It allows a child to avoid full amputation of the leg.
A genetic test can explain why a child or young adult developed cancer or a blood disorder and can help predict whether he/she is at risk for other conditions.