Brain and Spine Tumors
It can be overwhelming to find out you have a brain tumor or a spine tumor. We’re here to help you figure out what comes next.
At Rush, we offer personalized care for children and adults with all types of cancerous and noncancerous brain and spine tumors, including:
- Gliomas (such as astrocytomas, brain stem gliomas, ependymomas, optic nerve gliomas and oligodendrogliomas)
- Metastatic tumors (cancer that has spread to the brain from another part of the body)
- Pituitary tumors
- Primitive neuroectodermal tumors (PNET)
- Pineal region tumors
Why choose Rush?
- Recognized excellence. The doctors who will care for you are part of a neurology and neurosurgery program ranked No. 16 in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.
- Care designed around you. Our Coleman Foundation brain and spine tumor clinics are designed to meet the specific needs of people with these types of tumors — including children. We also have a neurologic intensive care unit staffed by doctors and nurses trained to help people recover from brain surgery.
- Research. Doctors at Rush are also researchers seeking new brain tumor treatments. Through clinical trials, they can offer some patients experimental medications and procedures, including many that are not available anywhere else in Chicago.
- Support. We’ll be there for you before, during and after treatment. We offer support groups; help with rehabilitation; and complementary therapies, such as massage and acupuncture, that can improve your quality of life. We have a social worker on site whose job is to help you navigate the services and information available to you.
When you get here
To learn more about your condition and decide which treatments will work best for your tumor, your doctors will conduct a full physical examination and medical history. They may also use some of the following tests:
- Neurological examination, including tests of reflexes, muscle strength, eye and mouth movement, coordination and alertness
- Imaging techniques that produce detailed images of organs and other parts of the body, including:
o Bone scan
o Computed tomography (CT) scan
o Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Spinal tap (also called a lumbar puncture), in which a special needle is inserted in the lower back to measure the pressure in the brain and spinal canal
Your treatment plan
After a complete examination, your doctors will work with you to create a treatment plan based on your needs and goals. Rush offers a full range of treatments for brain and spine tumors, including experimental options that may not be available elsewhere.
Rush welcomes patients seeking second opinions. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, you may want to get a second opinion from another specialist before you begin treatment to ensure you are aware of all treatment options and are comfortable with your course of treatment.
Rush offers brain tumor care in multiple locations, including Chicago, Lisle and Oak Park, Ill.
To schedule an appointment in Chicago or Lisle, call (888) 352-RUSH (7874).
To schedule an appointment in Oak Park, call (708) 660-INFO (4636).