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Brain and Neural Tumors

Increasing survivorship every day

The Children’s Cancer Research Fund works to understand and treat brain and spinal cord tumors, neuroblastoma, and retinoblastoma. Brain tumors are the most common solid tumor in children. However, new research and clinical trials are leading to life-saving innovations and increasing survivorship every day.

If your childhood has been diagnosed with a brain or neural tumor, it is undoubtedly frightening. It can feel overwhelming and confusing. However, while researchers still do not understand the cause of childhood brain and neural tumors, there are treatment options for different types of childhood brain cancer.

Learn more about brain and neural tumors in children:

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Brain Tumor

A brain tumor is an abnormal growth of cells in the brain. These cells come from the supporting structure of the brain. There are several types of supporting cells. The type and name of your child's tumor is based on the type of supporting cell that begins to grow abnormally. Read More


Neuroblastoma is a cancer of the nerve tissues that is most often found in children under 5 years old. In 70 percent of cases, neuroblastoma starts in the adrenal gland, located in the abdomen. Other growth sites it favors in the early stages are nerve tissue of the neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis and near the spine. Read More


Thirty to 40 percent of retinoblastoma cases are hereditary retinoblastoma. It can be found in one or both eyes, and is usually found in younger children. When the disease is found in both eyes, it is always the hereditary form. Read More