What to Expect

When you come to UT Southwestern for treatment of your child’s brain tumor, we will arrange for your child to receive a CAT scan or an MRI to help us determine if there really is a tumor, as well as its exact location before surgery.

In the vast majority of cases, we cannot make a diagnosis based on imaging. Your child is ultimately going to need surgery to determine the type of tumor. And as scary as that sounds, it is also the most important step to recovering from a brain tumor.

Surgery is necessary to establish a diagnosis, to relieve symptoms, and to remove the brain tumor as part of treatment. If we can remove all or most of the tumor, your child has a better chance for cure. We won’t know if additional therapy, such as chemotherapy or radiosurgery, will be needed until after surgery.

All aspects of your child’s care will be handled at UT Southwestern – because of the expertise of our doctors and our state-of-the-art facilities, we will never refer you to any other outside providers.

We are here if you need us, and we can help you through this journey. Call us at 214-456-6660.