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Brain Tumor Services — Conditions We Treat

The following conditions are some of the most common conditions treated by specialists in this area. These specialists offer expert care for many other related medical problems. If you need care for a condition not listed here, please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) to find a doctor who can help you.

  • The brain cancer team at Rush offers advanced, compassionate care for astrocytomas, a type of brain or spinal cord tumor.
  • A brain tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue in the brain. Brain tumors can be cancerous (malignant) or noncancerous (benign).
  • Glioma

    Glioma is a type of brain tumor that starts in the glial tissue of the brain. There are several types of gliomas, categorized by where they are found and the type of cells that originated the tumor, including the following: astrocytoma (which includes glioblastoma), oligodendroglioma, optic nerve glioma and ependymoma.
  • Hemangiomas are abnormal masses, or tumors, that develop when blood vessels grow out of control. While rarely cancerous, brain and spine hemangiomas can sometimes bleed into surrounding tissue or grow big enough to weaken spinal bones. Brain and spine hemangioma symptoms When symptoms develop, they vary depending on the location of the tumor and may include the following:
  • Medulloblastoma is a rare, malignant brain tumor most commonly found in people under 25 years old. It is a fast-growing tumor and can metastasize (spread) to other parts of the brain and spine.
  • A meningioma is a slow-growing, usually benign tumor that develops in the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. It can cause damage by pressing against the brain and causing problems with blood circulation.
  • Metastatic Brain Cancer

    Metastatic brain cancer is cancer that begins in another part of the body and then spreads (metastasizes) to the brain through the blood. Lung, breast and colon cancers frequently metastasize to the brain, as do certain skin cancers. Metastatic brain tumors may be quite aggressive.
  • Neuroblastoma is a type of cancer that forms in the nerve tissue of the adrenal gland, neck, chest or spinal cord. It most often affects children under the age of 5 and begins in the adrenal glands, located just above the kidneys.
  • Schwannoma is a slow-growing tumor stemming from the cells that protect the nerve fibers. These tumors can grow anywhere along the nerve system and usually not cancerous.