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Brain and spinal cord tumours

Brain and spinal cord tumours are the most common solid tumours in the child population. The prognosis varies widely depending on the type of tumour.


At SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital, we apply treatments in accordance with the most advanced chemotherapy and radiotherapy strategies.

Our unit specialised in Neuro-Oncology is composed of professionals from different specialities — oncologists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuropathologists, neurobiologists and neuroradiologists — who jointly decide upon the best management for each patient with a brain tumour.

We have developed a unique treatment for patients with spinal gliomas.

We are one of the few centres in Europe that biopsies brainstem tumours to further knowledge of this incurable cancer.


We have developed an animal model for diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) and established patient cell lines, which have allowed us to generate an antigenic product with which to develop vaccines.

DIPG is one of the few paediatric tumours for which there is no curative treatment today. That is why we have started the first clinical trial in the world with vaccines with autologous dendritic cells for DIPG patients.

The SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital's Oncology and Haematology Department

The SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital's Oncology and Haematology Department is the national reference centre of for the treatment of developmental cancer and an international reference centre for determined types of tumours.