Cardiac Tumor Program

The Cardiac Tumor Program at Boston Children's Hospital Heart Center is a comprehensive program specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric cardiac tumors. Tumors originating in the heart are rare in children, and many hospitals see only a few, if any, each year. The team at Boston Children’s treats approximately one each month.

Depth of expertise in treating cardiac tumors

Because cardiac tumors are rare, and because there are a number of different types of cardiac tumors that each require a unique approch, there is not a standard method for treating them. The diagnosis takes extensive imaging expertise to recognize the source of the tumor, location, extent, involvement of adjacent cardiac structures and tumor tissue type.

Despite the challenges cardiac tumors present, in the last 10 years, the Cardiac Tumor Program has maintained a 100-percent survival rate, largely because of the team and their depth of experience with pediatric cardiac tumors.


Cardiac tumor advanced imaging

Cardiac Tumor Program clinicians use advanced imaging techniques, such as cardiac MRI, 2-D and 3-D echocardiography, ultrafast CT, and catheter angiography, to more accurately evaluate cardiac tumors. Once the comprehensive diagnostic evaluation is completed and the tumor diagnosed, the team designs a unique treatment plan that often includes a surgical approach.

It requires a significant amount of expertise, particularly when it comes to a rare condition like cardiac tumors, to perform these complex surgeries and to determine when it is appropriate to operate.

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