Brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer death in children. More than 2,200 cases of pediatric brain tumors are diagnosed each year. This week Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital of Cleveland announced it will will use one of its most significant gifts ever “to establish a pediatric brain tumor center, aiming to make the hospital a national research leader.”
The center, launched Tuesday, is a partnership between Rainbow and University Hospitals’ Ireland Cancer Center. It will create a virtual operating room that will simulate brain surgery, allowing young doctors to learn the latest techniques without having to open a child’s head.
The timely and effective treatment of brain tumor is critical to the survival of brain tumor patients. With this new center in Cleveland, both the research behind the study of the behavior of tumors as well as the treatment provided to patients should flourish in what is already recognized as one of the strongest medical communities in the nation.
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