February 9, 2015
On January 23, a group of researchers gathered at Dell Children’s Medical Center to explore new and better ways to diagnose and treat childhood brain tumors.
These researchers comprise the Texas-Oklahoma Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Consortium (TOPNOC), formed in 2008, and represent leading children’s hospitals throughout Texas and Oklahoma. Since then the group has collaborated through clinical trials and small research studies.
“Children with brain tumors face enormous challenges,” says Virginia Harrod, M.D., chief of neuro-oncology at the Children’s Blood & Cancer Center at Dell Children’s. “The brain controls functions necessary to sustain life. Cancer and its treatment to the area can cause debilitating side effects. As a TOPNOC site, we are committed to exploring new treatment approaches to meet their special needs and give hope to these children and their families.”
Approximately 200 children in Texas alone are diagnosed with a brain tumor each year. Their treatment care requires a specialized team of physicians and health care professionals to give patients the greatest odds to improve survival and quality of life.