Norton Children’s board-certified neurosurgeons are led by Thomas M. Moriarity, M.D., Ph.D., a recognized leader in the field with deep experience and specialized training. Our physicians have the sophisticated tools and skill to give you and your child a precise diagnosis and a treatment plan for a spinal tumor that minimizes risk, so your child can get back to being a kid.
Norton Children’s Cancer Institute is Kentucky’s only multidisciplinary pediatric brain and spinal cord tumor treatment program. This program provides specialized care for children with brain and spinal cord tumors using a team approach. A neuroradiologist, neuro-oncologist, neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, neurologist, pathologists and a psychologist are all involved. Our team works to offer the best outcomes for children and the highest possible quality of life after treatment.
Innovation happens here. We have clinical trials using cancer vaccines for children with relapsed brain tumors.
Spinal tumors in children versus adults
Spinal tumors in children are different from those in adults. Our pediatric specialists have the proper expertise to treat these tumors. Outcomes for children with brain tumors have improved significantly in the past two decades. Most children with brain and spinal cord tumors are long-term survivors due to the many advancements made in the field, including improved surgical techniques, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Spinal tumor treatment
Our multidisciplinary team of pediatric spinal tumor specialists cares for every child in the pediatric brain and spine tumor program. These children also benefit from treatment in our integrated rehabilitation facility. The rehab team includes physical and occupational therapists who begin therapy as early as possible during cancer treatment to give patients the greatest benefit. We are committed to providing the highest quality treatment for each child, while supporting the family’s physical and psychosocial needs.
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