Pediatric Brain Tumors

Complete treatment for spinal cord and brain tumors in children

We are a comprehensive pediatric program for infants, children and adolescents with brain tumors. We treat 45-50 children with brain and spinal cord tumors each year.

Your child receives highly specialized care from a whole team of brain tumor experts. 

Your child’s unique needs are reviewed and discussed by our team of specialists who collaborate on the best course of brain tumor treatment for your child. Our specialists are experts in neuro-oncology, neurosurgery, radiation oncology, neuroradiology, neurology, neuro-ophthalmology, endocrinology, neuropsychology, neuropathology and nursing.  

We provide your child the most advanced surgical procedures and childhood brain tumor expertise.

Our pediatric neurosurgeons use the latest technology to maximize tumor removal and preserve brain function, assuring your child the best possible outcome. This includes intraoperative MRI in our two-story, dedicated surgical suite. This precise imaging system offers better results and reduces the need for repeat surgeries and even sedated MRI after brain surgery, so it’s easier on parents and kids. And surgeons can often give you results directly after your child’s surgery, instead of waiting for the next day’s scans. Learn more about iMRI.

Our research gives your child access to the newest brain tumor treatments for kids. 

We are the only center in Oregon to conduct Phase I clinical trials for pediatric cancer care. This means at Doernbecher your child can participate in a clinical study and find new hope when conventional pediatric brain tumor treatments have not been successful.

Meet the pediatric brain tumor treatment team at Doernbecher Children's Hospital

We are a multi-specialty team of experts in several pediatric specialties related to oncology and the central nervous system. We work closely together to care for kids with brain tumors, pediatric brain cancer, and tumors of the spinal cord.

Your child and family also receive coordinated care, as needed, from specialists in:

  • Pediatric oncology nursing
  • Audiology
  • Neuro-opthalmology
  • Pediatric opthalmology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Nutrition
  • Social work
  • Palliative care