This consortium formed in 1999 with the support of the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute in order to perform innovative, technologically challenging studies for children with brain tumors to improve survival and quality of life. Nine institutions were chosen after a competitive review of their past experience in the care of children with brain tumors, the depth of their pediatric brain tumor program, the clinical resources of the institution, and their ability to perform innovative research. In 2002, PBTC enlisted a 10th member after a review of competitive applications.
Member Institutions of the PBTC
Texas Children's Cancer Center, Houston, TX
The web site of the Texas Children's Cancer Center Brain Tumor Program has information on their clinic services as well as facts and treatment options for the different pediatric brain tumors. [9/07]
Boston Children's/Dana Farber Cancer Center, Boston, MA
Information in becoming a patient, contact information, information on tumor types and brain tumor treatment. [9/07]
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Information on brain tumors and their treatment. The section on Care for Children With Brain TumorsNeurologic Disorders includes an overview of the nervous system, anatomy of the brain, and brain tumors. includes descriptions of brain tumors, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. The section on The section on Neurologic Disorders includes an overview of the nervous system, anatomy of the brain, and brain tumors. [9/07]
Children's National Medical Center
Basic information on pediatric brain tumor treatment at Duke's. Visit the The Brain Tumor Learning Center for interactive videos on ports, shunts, ventricular reservoirs, and cancer cell growth. [9/07]
Pittsburgh Children's Hospital
Overview of their program and contact information. Recommended: section on brain tumors.
St Jude Hospital for Children
The St Jude web site is highly informative on all aspects of pediatric brain tumors, and includes interactive guides to brain tumors and their treatment.
Seattle Children's Hospital
Good overview of brain tumors and their treatment. Also see the section on Neuro-oncology.
University of California at San Francisco
Overview of brain tumors: signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois
An informative web site. Includes: An overview of brain tumors and of the Falk Brain Tumor Center; and information on the anatomy of the brain, benign or malignant tumors, types of tumors, treatment and outlook, services, specialties, and research.