Brain & Spinal Cord Tumor Clinic

    Hearing that your child has a brain tumor can be the most difficult news imaginable to any family.

    Arkansas Children’s Hospital has an entire team of experts, dedicated to caring for the unique and complex needs of pediatric brain and spinal cord tumor patients and their families.

    Children with brain or spinal tumors may face a range of issues due to their tumors and the treatment that they receive. Our team helps families overcome any challenge - before, during and after treatment – to improve the quality of life for any child in our care. We work together as a team – through a weekly multidisciplinary brain tumor clinic and tumor board discussion so every one of our patients has access to the expertise and experience of a multiple-specialty team. This partnership ensures collaborative clinical diagnoses and treatment decisions for patients.

    In addition, we have access to every aspect of Arkansas Children’s state of the art pediatric specialty care services and take part in numerous clinical trials to work towards curing and improving outcomes for children with brain tumors.

    If you have any questions regarding the services we offer, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

    Sincerely,

    Kevin Bielamowicz, MD
    Director, Pediatric Brain Tumor Program, Arkansas Children’s Hospital

    Comprehensive Neuro-oncology Care for Children of all Ages at Arkansas Children’s

    When your child requires expert care for the unique and complex needs associated with brain tumors, spinal tumors or neurofibromatosis (NF), our team of pediatric specialists are here to help. With the only pediatric neuro-oncologist in the state, our team provides world-class neurological and neurosurgical care for children from across the state and beyond. For infants, children, adolescents, teens and young adults, our goal is your goal – to help your child get better today and healthier tomorrow. 

    Advanced Technology and Innovation through Multidisciplinary Care

    Our expert pediatric neurosurgical team uses advanced technology for diagnosis and innovative techniques for the personalized treatment of brain and spinal tumors. As a dedicated children’s hospital, all aspects of our care are focused on children. Our team knows how every step of care must be tailored to each individual patient – based on their unique phases of growth and development. Our Brain Tumor Program team reviews every single patient together to monitor progress and make decisions as a team – using the experience and expertise of each team member.

    Clinical Trials Available for Brain and Spine Tumor Patients

    Arkansas Children’s offers numerous clinical trials for our patients with brain and spine tumors through several national and international affiliations. Through the leadership of Dr. Kathleen Neville, our Experimental Therapeutics Program provides new and innovative treatments or therapies. If you have any questions or need more information about whether one of these clinical trials may be available for your child, please contact Catherine Redinger BSN, RN, CPHON at redingercatherinel@uams.edu or 501-364-4290.

    Support through all Aspects of Care and Daily Living

    In addition to the expert care of our entire clinical team, your child will receive care from the Arkansas Children’s support team – such as Child Life Specialists and oncology specific social workers, counselors, and therapists. These team members help both patients and families cope with all aspects of care management and daily living - keeping life as normal as possible for our young patients, including:

    • Help understanding medical terminology
    • Provide knowledge of procedures or treatments
    • Offer coping strategies
    • Provide emotional support
    • Help express anxieties or concerns

    For Appointments or Information about the Brain Tumor Program at ACH

    For more information regarding our brain and spine tumor team, clinic or services offered, please contact Lora Parker BSN, RN, CPHON at parkerls@archildrens.org or 501-364-2934. We are located at the Neuroscience Center, ACH Main Hospital, South Wing on the 2nd Floor. Please view our maps for easy directions.