At age 12, Juliana Abraham was was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor. Thanks to proton therapy, the tumor is now gone. Inspired by her journey, Juliana has a new dream. Watch her inspiring story.

Rady Children’s Neuro-Oncology Program is the only program in the San Diego region providing comprehensive care to children and young adults with brain and spinal cord tumors. We care for more than 500 children with newly diagnosed or previously treated central nervous system tumors and are one of the highest-volume programs in California.

Our expert multidisciplinary team includes physicians from Hematology-Oncology, Neurosurgery, Neurology, Radiology, Endocrinology/Diabetes, Rehabilitation Medicine, Ophthalmology and Pathology.

State-of-the-art treatment is provided for both newly diagnosed and recurrent tumors. Advanced neurosurgery procedures, targeted radiation oncology and the latest biologic therapies are available to our patients through our alliance with the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center and research collaborations with the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute and The Scripps Research Institute.

Proton therapy is available at California Protons Cancer Therapy Center, one of only a handful of proton beam centers on the West Coast. Patients here in San Diego and those referred from out of the area will be followed by our Neuro-Oncology team during their treatment. 

Read more about our Proton Therapy program.

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Case Manager Phone: 858-576-1700, ext. 222255

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Research and Clinical Trials

Through our alliance with the UC San Diego Moores Cancer and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and participation in collaborative clinical trials groups, we have an active research program to discover better treatments and ultimately, find cures. Click here for our active clinical trials.

Education and Resources

As part of our program, patients and their family members have access to a host of resources on pediatric brain and spinal cord tumors.

One of the ways we connect families to these resources is through our annual Neuro-Onc Family Information Day for past and current patients and their families. Adult family members are invited to participate in a series of

educational lectures provided by various physicians and faculty members. Patients and their siblings can enjoy activities such as art therapy, yoga and therapeutic play. A resource fair showcases information on a variety of organizations, community groups and programs specifically for brain and spinal cord patients. This is a day when families have the opportunity to meet each other and bond over shared experiences and similar journeys.

Click on the links below to learn more about our program.

Video: Dr. John Crawford discusses our program

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