Carney Triad

What is Carney triad?

Carney triad is a rare condition that describes the occurrence of three kinds of endocrine tumors in the same child. The tumors comprising the triad are tumors in the gastrointestinal tract (known as gastrointestinal stromal tumors, or GIST), pulmonary chondromas, and paragangliomas. These masses grow chiefly in the stomach, the lungs, or the neuroendocrine tissues of the head, neck, and torso. Carney triad is extremely rare and is most common in females.

How we care for Carney triad

Children with Carney triad are treated at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood DIsorders Center through our Endocrine-Oncology Program. Advanced cancers may also be treated through our Solid Tumor Center. Our integrated pediatric oncology service offers — in one specialized program — the combined expertise of a leading cancer center and a premier children’s hospital. We build a team to treat your child consisting of oncologists, endocrinologists, genetic counselors, and surgeons.

Our areas of research for Carney triad

Children who are treated through our Endocrine-Oncology Program benefit from the work of our basic and clinical researchers, who are striving to understand the scientific causes of endocrine cancers. Their work can result in the introduction of new treatment options. We are a world leader in translational research, bringing laboratory advances to the bedside and into doctors’ offices as quickly as possible.

Clinical trials

Clinical trials, or research studies evaluating new treatment approaches, are a major offering at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s. For many children with rare or hard-to-treat conditions, clinical trials provide new options.

It’s possible that your child will be eligible to participate in one of our clinical trials. In addition to launching our own clinical trials, we also offer trials available through collaborative groups such as the Children's Oncology Group (COG). If your child has a progressive or recurrent tumor, she may be eligible for a number of experimental therapies available through these groups or from one of our independent clinical investigators. If you’re not sure which clinical trials might be right for your child, email us at