All kids really want to do is be kids. They want to play, and learn and laugh. Here at Cook Children's, that's what we want too. That's why we've grown to become one of the largest pediatric neuro-oncology programs in the Southwest. A neuro cancer diagnosis can be the start of a scary journey. Our neuro-oncology team is here to help each child we treat overcome as many obstacles as possible, and to make a difference every step along the way.
Our distinguished neuro-oncology team is highly regarded for their active role in national and international clinical research trials and relentless pursuit of seeking cures. When you place your child in our care, you know that he or she is in the capable hands of some of the finest neuro-oncology specialists in the country, if not the world. These men and women are dedicated experts in the care and treatment of tumors in the brain, brainstem, optic tract and spine, as well as neurofibromatosis, vascular malformations, dermoid lesions and more.
Cancers of the central nervous system
Cancers of the central nervous system (CNS) are the most frequent type of solid tumors in children and rank second only to the leukemias as the most common malignant cancers in children. They account for approximately 20 percent of all pediatric cancers, with 2,500-3,000 children diagnosed in the U.S. each year. As for the vast majority of childhood cancers, the cause of CNS tumors is not known. Despite progress in successful therapy for all types of childhood cancers in the past decades, they remain the leading cause of cancer death in children, teens and young adults.
Conditions we treat
We treat a variety of tumors, malignant and nonmalignant, vascular conditions and lesions found throughout the CNS, many of which are extremely complex. Some of the conditions we treat include, but are not limited to:
- Brain tumors, including astrocytomas and other low-grade gliomas
- Brainstem tumors
- Optic tract tumors
- Plexiform neurofibromas
- Spinal cord tumors
At Cook Children's, the optimal treatments for CNS neoplasms are developed by an integrated team of specialists as part of a comprehensive neuro-oncology program. Along with access to leading-edge clinical trials, the team uses the best-available neurosurgical and radiotherapeutic techniques and equipment, as well as proper chemotherapy regimens.
Center of attention
You can trust that your child will be surrounded by the best specialists available, all working together to ensure one thing: that your child has the best outcomes possible. Your child's neuro-oncologist, neurologist, neurosurgeons, radiation oncologist, endocrinologist, hematology and oncology specialists and experienced neuro-oncology nurse are there every step of the way, from diagnosis to treatment, and beyond.
As an important member of your child's care, you'll meet with the team on a regular basis to discuss progress, concerns and address any questions you or your child may have.
Cook Children's former patient, Austin Roberts, is extremely grateful for the care she received through Cook Children's Neuro-Oncology program.
Because cancer and cancer treatment can impact your child's mental and physical capabilities, and your family's financial and emotional well-being, the team will most likely include one or more of the following:
- Child Life specialist
- Clinical therapists
- Life After Cancer Program specialist
- Pastoral Care
- Physical, speech and occupational therapists
- Social Services
- Transitional care
Our specialty care team
Jeffrey C. Murray, MD
David Donahue, MD
John Honeycutt, MD
Richard Roberts, MD
John Honeycutt, MD
Joel W. Steelman, MD
Beth Colaluca, Ph.D.