Brain Tumor: Advanced Treatment
The Gill Center at Children’s Medical Center offers the most innovative pediatric brain tumor treatment available in the country. Beyond the well-practiced applications of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, expect us to employ the most advanced technologies and techniques available. Two examples include:
In partnership with UT Southwestern’s Moncrief Radiation Oncology Center, the Gill Center offers stereotactic radiosurgery, or CyberKnife surgery. Using a linear accelerator mounted on a robotic arm, the CyberKnife focuses multiple beams of radiation into the tumor. The minimally invasive treatment aggressively treats primary and metastatic brain tumors with high doses of radiation without increasing risk to surrounding brain tissues.
Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) is usually a devastating prognosis. We’re working to change that. In partnership with Boston Children’s Hospital, we biopsy these tumors to identify molecular abnormalities that may become targets for treatment. This personalized approach to treating DIPG is new, beginning only in 2011, and represents a paradigm shift in treatment protocol.