Patient Support

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A brain or spinal tumor diagnosis affects the entire family. Care doesn’t end when treatment ends. That’s why the Norton Children’s Brain & Spinal Tumor Program provides support to patients and their families during treatment and through recovery.

The Brain & Spinal Tumor Program is a collaboration of Norton Children’s Neuroscience Institute and Norton Children’s Cancer Institute, both affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine.

Patients can take advantage of extensive services, including educational, physical and emotional support.

Pediatric Rehabilitation Services

Because some patients may experience effects after treatment, such as lost motor skill or muscle strength, rehabilitation may be needed for an extended period of time. Our pediatric rehabilitation specialists provide physical, occupational and speech therapy to inpatients and outpatients. Our licensed therapists evaluate and treat infants through young adults with a wide range of diagnoses.

Neuropsychology Program

Our experienced neuropsychologists and specialists conduct a thorough medical examination, including assessing muscle strength, movement, balance, speech, memory, and nerve function in the head and neck using advanced diagnostic techniques. Based on this information, our team and others on the child’s medical team will determine a care plan that meets the child’s unique needs.

Norton Specialty Pharmacy

Located at Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital in St. Matthews, Norton Specialty Pharmacy provides patients with convenient access to specialized prescriptions, as well as expertise in these medications, an on-call pharmacist for clinical and medication support, and integrated support programs.

What to Expect From Norton Children’s Brain & Spinal Tumor Program 

  • If your child has just been diagnosed, we offer same-day and next business day appointments for urgent referrals.
  • Each child’s case is reviewed by a board of specialists who discuss possible treatment plans, so the patient benefits from a broad array of expertise, experience, training and research.
  • Neurologists, oncologists and other specialists see patients at the same location, making travel easier for families because appointments are scheduled for the same day.
  • Board-certified and fellowship-trained specialists at the forefront of new treatment advances work to attack tumors while protecting healthy brain and spinal tissue.
  • Norton Children’s Hospital is part of an elite group of pediatric hospitals that perform MRI-guided laser ablation surgery using the minimally invasive Visualase system to destroy diseased tissue, including deep brain tumors.
  • Support groups, social workers, psychiatrists, school liaison specialists and child life specialists identify and address the needs of patients and their families during and after medical treatment.
  • We help prepare for the transition back to school, determine appropriate educational placement and identify any additional services through a neuropsychologist evaluation.
  • Integrated rehabilitation by physical and occupational therapists begins as early as possible during treatment to give patients the greatest benefit.
  • Communicate with your provider, manage appointments, refill prescriptions and more anytime from a computer or mobile device with a free Norton MyChart account.

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