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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 Multidisciplinary 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.

Genomic Medicine

Our program has also partnered with Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine to assist in both the diagnosis and management of children with central nervous system tumors. This involves using the Institute’s rapid whole genome sequencing platform and other molecular profiling technologies to detect novel mutations and pathways involved in tumor growth. Through a multidisciplinary Molecular Tumor Board, patients who meet various criteria are recommended for advanced molecular testing.

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.

Video: Dr. John Crawford discusses our renowned program

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