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Spine 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.

  • Cancer of the bones can either travel to bone from other organs (metastatic bone cancer), or it can begin in the cells of the bone itself (primary bone cancer).
  • Chordoma is a rare cancerous tumor that is most commonly found at the base of the skull or spine.
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • Multiple myeloma is a rare blood cancer that starts in plasma cells in bone marrow. Multiple myeloma tumors weaken your bones and prevent bone marrow from producing healthy blood cells or fighting infection.
  • 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.
  • Spinal Tumors

    Spinal tumors develop within the spinal column, either on vertebrae or the spinal cord. They can be malignant (cancerous) or benign (noncancerous).