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Brain and Spinal Tumor Program

Treatment options for brain cancer and brain and spinal tumors

Brain and spinal cord tumors are growths of abnormal cells in the brain or spinal cord. Tumors that start in the brain are called "primary" brain tumors. A tumor that starts in another part of the body and spreads to the brain is called a "metastatic" brain tumor. Cancers that start in the spine are called central nervous system or CNS cancers.

Brain and spinal cord tumors are not always cancer ("malignant"). Non-cancerous tumors are called "benign."

But, both types of tumors cause symptoms and need care. While benign tumors grow and press into parts of the brain, they rarely spread. Cancerous (malignant) tumors can grow quickly and move into other parts of the brain.

There are many types of brain and spinal cord tumors. They can start in many types of cells and parts of the brain and spinal cord. The signs and symptoms will differ based on where they began, how big they grew, how fast they are growing and how old the patient is.

The chance of recovery (prognosis) will depend on many things such as the patient's age, the size of the tumor and where it is.

At Legacy, we use high-tech tools, including surgical and radiation techniques, to target tumors with precision. Learn more

Award-winning care

Legacy ranks among the nation's top cancer programs and has received many quality awards including the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons' Commission (ACS) on Cancer. The ACS ranks Legacy's cancer program as one of the best in the nation. Learn more about our awards and recognition for quality and patient outcomes.

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Care for children

Brain and spinal cord cancers are the second most common type of childhood cancers. Medical advances mean more children with cancer are saved each year. Our program at Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel offers help for these complex cases. 

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Support services

At the Legacy Cancer Institute we know that you have a life, not just a diagnosis. We offer services to support every aspect of your care, including your physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being. Our team will help you keep as good a quality of life and function as possible.

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