Perhaps more than any other childhood cancer, pediatric brain tumor treatment is incredibly complex and takes a team effort to care for a patient. Doctors and researchers are working to not only improve medicines and treatment methods, they are also striving to improve quality of life and long-term side effects for young patients.
“The goal isn’t to have just one person treat a child, it’s about having several people all putting together their expertise to care for the patient,” says Mark Kieran, MD, PhD, clinical director of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Center at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.
In this Cancer Conversations podcast episode, Kieran joins Peter Manley, MD, a pediatric neuro-oncologist and director of the Stop & Shop Family Pediatric Neur-Oncology Outcomes Clinic, for a discussion on the latest in pediatric brain tumor treatment. Kieran and Manley discuss precision medicine, immunotherapy, and radiation therapy, as well as new information about the long-term survival of patients and ways to reduce treatment side effects.
The Cancer Conversations series features Q&A-style conversations with Dana-Farber physicians, clinicians, and researchers. Topics include breast cancer research, precision cancer medicine, integrative therapies, cancer genetics, and more. Visit the Cancer Conversations page for more episodes and the Dana-Farber podcast page for more cancer podcast series.