Arnold Palmer Hospital

Brain & Spinal Cord Tumors

Central nervous system tumors are among the most common cancers of childhood, second only to leukemia. Treatment of pediatric brain and spinal cord tumors involves multiple specialties and requires a multidisciplinary, team approach. Some children with brain tumors can be treated with surgery alone, but many times surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments are required as part of collaborative treatment plan. 

Fast Facts about Brain & Spinal Cord Tumors:
  • Central nervous system tumors make up about 20% of all childhood cancers
  • Brain tumors are the second most common form of childhood cancer
  • 2,000 children in the US are diagnosed with a primary brain tumor each year
  • About 230 children, or 10% of children in the US diagnosed with a brain tumor each year, are diagnosed in Florida.

The Pediatric Brain Tumor Program

The Pediatric Brain Tumor Program is a comprehensive team dedicated to the care of children, teenagers and young adults diagnosed with brain and spinal cord tumors. Led by Pediatric Neuro-Oncologist, or "brain tumor specialist" Dr. Amy Smith, the team provides the full range of medical and emotional support specific to pediatric brain tumor patients during and after treatment. We provide care and treatment in an environment that allows families to be involved in all aspects of their child's care. Our mission is to provide children and young adults diagnosed with brain & spinal cord tumors the most effective treatment options available while aggressively protecting their quality of life.

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Featured Story - We Love Isaiah

At 2 years old, Isaiah was diagnosed with a brain tumor wrapped around the stem of his brain. Follow his entire course of treatment, from diagnosis to completing radiation therapy at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, and you'll see why we love Isaiah.

Support Care for Kids with Brain Tumors

As a community owned, not-for-profit hospital, Arnold Palmer Hospital relies on support from our community to fund crucial expansion efforts, renovations and the purchase of supplies and new medical equipment. We invite you to make a donation to support the Pediatric Brain Tumor Program.

What will your donation support?

Funding for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Program will include the advancement of Dr. Amy Smith's clinical research, renovation of our Oncology Unit, improving technology, and increasing the services available to patients facing challenging brain tumors.