Pediatric Oncology (Tumor) Surgery

We are trained to care for all aspects of tumor surgery in infants, children and teenagers. However, some tumors involve a specific area of the body and require a specialist. For example, bone tumors require the expertise of orthopaedic surgeons, and brain tumors require the expertise of neurosurgeons.

How We Care for Your Child

We participate in many aspects of care for children with tumors. This care may range from the initial evaluation and ordering tests or X-rays for a child with a "lump" or "mass," to performing biopsies (removing a small piece for evaluation or diagnosis) of suspicious "lumps," lymph nodes (glands) or "masses." The biopsy is an initial step in making the diagnosis of a tumor.

We also perform surgeries to remove tumors and perform procedures to place "central venous lines," or "ports," under the skin to give chemotherapy in a less painful and more effective way.

Our team may evaluate children and teens who have:

  • An abdominal mass (lump or swelling in the belly)
  • A mass seen on the chest or seen on chest X-ray
  • A lump or swollen gland in the neck, axilla (armpit), groin or elsewhere
  • A swollen testicle
  • A thyroid nodule

We work closely with pediatric oncologists (pediatric tumor specialists) to assess the stage of a tumor (how far it has spread), plan the appropriate therapy (chemotherapy or radiation) and determine the proper timing for surgery. Our surgeons and pediatric oncologists meet to plan treatments for children with tumors.

Examples of tumors that we remove or biopsy include:

  • Tumors in the neck (e.g., thyroid gland tumors, lymphoma, sarcoma and benign tumors such as hygroma)
  • Tumors in the chest (e.g., nodules in the lung, tumors of the thymus/thymoma, mediastinal tumors or lymphomas, and neuroblastoma)
  • Tumors of the chest wall (e.g., sarcoma of the ribs or muscles)
  • Liver tumors (e.g., hepatoblastoma, hepatocellular carcinoma, hemangioma, hemangioendothelioma and mesenchymal hamartoma)
  • Abdominal tumors (e.g., neuroblastoma, rhabdomyosarcoma, lymphoma and tumors of the intestinal tract)
  • Kidney tumors (e.g., Wilms’ tumor and renal cell carcinoma)
  • Tumors of the testicle (e.g., germ cell tumor and seminoma)
  • Endocrine (glands that make hormones) tumors (e.g., thyroid tumors, parathyroid adenomas, thymomas and adrenal gland tumors-pheochromocytoma)
  • Tumors of the newborn (e.g., sacrococcygeal teratoma, hemangioma and hygroma)
  • Tumors of the ovary, vagina or breast (e.g., teratoma, rhabdomyosarcoma and fibroadenoma)