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From diagnosis and treatment to support for patients and families, Northwestern Medicine offers comprehensive services for every type of brain tumor and spine tumor. Those services include one of the largest offering of brain tumor clinical trials, which give patients access to therapies that are not yet widely available.

Our patients also have access to expert pathologists to ensure an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan, and internationally renowned neuro-oncologists and brain and spine surgeons through the Lou and Jean Malnati Brain Institute of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

We also offer second opinions for brain and spine tumor, and one of the only brain and spine tumor programs in the country offering patients brain and spine tumor care completely in Spanish.

Brain and Spine Tumor Specialists and Care Centers

Lou and Jean Malnati Brain Tumor Institute

Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University provide the most advanced treatment options, and the most clinical trials for tumors of the brain, spine and spinal cord. We are proud to offer the largest brain and spine tumor team in Illinois, and perform the more brain and spine tumor surgeries than any other hospital in Illinois.

Brain, Spine and Neurologic Care in the Northern Suburbs

Northwestern Medicine offers comprehensive, compassionate care in modern, patient-centered facilities.

Brain, Spine and Neurologic Care in the Western Suburbs

The Brain and Spine Tumor Center at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital offers easy access to brain tumor treatment and clinical trials close to a patient’s home.

Tumors Treated

  • Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma
  • Anaplastic Astrocytoma
  • Aneurysmal Bone Cyst (ABC)
  • Angiosarcoma
  • Astrocytoma
  • Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor
  • Brain Tumors
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Chordoma
  • Choroid Plexus Papilloma
  • CNS Lymphoma
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Dermoid
  • Dural Based Tumors
  • Ependymoma
  • Ewing Sarcoma
  • Fibrosarcoma
  • Gangliogliomas
  • Germinomas
  • Giant Cell Tumor
  • Glioblastoma
  • Glioblastoma (GBM)
  • Glioma
  • Hemangioblastoma
  • Hemangioma (Atypical Hemangioma)
  • Hemangiopericytoma
  • Leiomyosarcoma
  • Lipoma
  • Low Grade Glioma
  • Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor (MPNST)
  • Medulloblastoma
  • Meningioma
  • Metastatic Brain Tumors
  • Metastatic Spine Tumors
  • Myxopapillary Ependymoma
  • Nerve Root Tumors
  • Neuro Phakomatosis
  • Neurofibroma
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Osteoblastoma
  • Osteoid Osteoma
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Paraganglioma
  • Pineal Tumor
  • Pituitary Tumors
  • Primary Tumors
  • Sarcoma
  • Schwannoma
  • Skull Base Tumors
  • Solitary Fibrous Tumor
  • Spinal Cord Tumors
  • Subependymoma
  • Tumors of Spine
  • Von Hippel-Lindau Disease


Getting a Second Opinion

If you've been diagnosed with a brain or a spine tumor, you should get a second opinion from a qualified specialist. Download our second opinion guide to learn more about how make an educated decision about treatment for your brain or spine tumor.

Have a general question about brain and spinal tumors? Just ask, and one of our experts will respond within 48 hours. Click here to learn more.

Brain and Spine Tumor Clinical Trials

We're committed to providing the most advanced treatments available for patients with brain and spine tumors, and to developing clinical research that will lead to tomorrow’s standard of care. Click here learn more about the clinical trials.

Brain and Spine Tumor Care in Spanish

Explore brain and spine tumor treatment options in Spanish. Our goal is to ensure that you understand your diagnosis and the treatment options available to you. Acceder al conenido en Español.

Looking for a Second Opinion for Brain and Spine Cancer?

It's vital that you're comfortable with your treatment decision and have confidence in your doctor. For these reasons, a second opinion with another specialist can help you make smart treatment decisions.