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Childhood brain and spinal tumors are rare, but Kentucky has the third-highest rate in the country for central nervous system tumors in children. Because the disease is prevalent here, we’ve created the Norton Children’s Brain & Spinal Tumor Program.
When a child with a brain or spinal tumor — whether benign or malignant — comes to Norton Children’s, they benefit from varying viewpoints, training and experiences from the specialists at Norton Children’s Cancer Institute and Norton Children’s Neuroscience Institute, both affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine.
When pediatric brain and spinal tumors are discovered early, our specialists can often can find a cure.
As a multidisciplinary program, the Norton Children’s Brain & Spinal Tumor Program offers families the convenience of having all specialty providers in one place. That means multiple appointments can be scheduled for the same day and location, and patients benefit from close collaboration by neuroscience and cancer specialists.
“The most common solid tumors in childhood, brain tumors make up as much as a quarter of all childhood cancers. It’s our mission to help children with brain tumors live long, fruitful lives. I’m very thankful to my patients and their families for their trust as they are indeed the most brave people I know.”
Mustafa Barbour, M.D.Pediatric Hematologist/OncologistMedical Co-director, Brain & Spinal Tumor Program
“Our multidisciplinary structure allows us to harness the expertise of every different medical provider, providing better care for patients. They get the advantage of having multiple specialists helping take care of them all at the same time. And patients love it. They love to have a one-stop shop where all the doctors are here.”
Michael Angelo C. Huang, M.D.Pediatric Hematologist/OncologistMedical Co-director, Brain & Spinal Tumor Program
Brain & Spinal Tumor Program specialists treat a comprehensive range of masses, whether benign or malignant. They have the skills and experience to precisely diagnose and treat any brain tumor while working to preserve healthy brain tissue to help children grow to their full potential.
Our care goes beyond clinical treatments. The Brain & Spinal Tumor Program offers educational, physical and emotional support to each child and family from diagnosis through treatment and beyond.
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Our physicians are leaders in discovering new treatment options for brain and spinal tumors. When new therapies are approved for broad use, our providers often are already deeply experienced in their use because of their role in clinical trials. Patients also benefit from access to experimental treatments.