Cancer patients in need of surgery, including pediatric
neurosurgery, at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders
Center have access to a multidisciplinary cancer treatment team that includes world-class
pediatric surgical oncologists, state-of-the-art facilities, and a dedicated
anesthesiology department for perioperative care.
together with treatment teams from all of our pediatric cancer and blood
disorders centers, our pediatric surgical oncologists are available for consultation
and respond quickly to the needs of our patients when surgery is required. During
what can be a very stressful time, we provide families and patients with
convenient, high-quality care and offer access to highly specialized resources
and world-class expertise in anesthesia, intensive care, medical
subspecialties, and radiology.
Surgery can be required for multiple reasons:
One of the many benefits we
offer patients is a state-of-the-art Division of Perioperative Anesthesia available for all perioperative
care (preoperative evaluations, postoperative intensive care, pain management,
etc.). Prior to surgery, a surgeon and anesthesiologist will visit with a patient’s
family 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 magnitude and complexity of the surgery. Generally after a surgical
procedure, a patient will spend time in one of several options:
Brain tumor patients
in need of surgery at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s are treated by pediatric
neurosurgeons who are experts in neurosurgical oncology and offer access to cutting
edge intraoperative technologies including radiologic guidance systems,
intraoperative MRI, intraoperative ultrasound, and minimally invasive
endoscopic techniques. Collectively, this combination of expertise and
technology enhances the precision of biopsy or resection of tumors, minimizes the
risk to surrounding brain structures, optimizes treatment and the extent of
resection, shortens operating times, and reduces recovery times for our
A reputation for
innovation and achievement helps us attract some of the world’s most skilled
and accomplished neurosurgeons. 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.
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:
research focuses on the basic mechanisms of common neurosurgical conditions,
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
team is actively involved in research to improve our 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 and can help predict whether he is at risk for other conditions.