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Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors

What are brain and spinal cord tumors?

There are many types of brain and spinal cord tumors. The tumors are formed by the abnormal growth of cells and may begin in different parts of the brain or spinal cord. Together, the brain and spinal cord make up the central nervous system (CNS).

Learn more on our Adult Brain Tumors Treatment web pages.

There is hope, innovation and support available for those with brain and spinal cord tumors here at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Diagnosis and Treatment

The U-M Neuro-oncology Program specializes in treating malignant (cancerous) and non-malignant tumors of the brain and spinal cord using advanced neurosurgical and radiation approaches, chemotherapy, anti-angiogenic therapy, and experimental therapies. Our team includes more than 30 physicians and scientists with expertise in brain, spine or ocular tumors. This includes nationally recognized neuro- oncologists - neurologists who are specially-trained to treat brain tumors, neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, neuroradiologists, neuro-ophthalmologists, and neuropathologists who work as a team to give patients the best options for fighting brain tumors or neurological complications of cancer. We also treat a large number of patients with cancer that has directly or indirectly affected the nervous system.

Children and young adults diagnosed with brain tumors receive treatment in C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. For more information, please visit Pediatric Brain Tumors.


A major mission of our Neuro-oncology Program is to contribute to advances in treatment of brain tumors through clinical trials. Participating in a clinical trial may offer you access to the most advanced treatments. In addition to receiving these treatments, participation offers you the opportunity to contribute to advancement in treatment for all patients including those who will be treated in the future. View a list of brain and spinal cord clinical trials.


Since our program is part of the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center, our patients have access to Patient Support Services. To fully understand what this means, please take time to visit this area of this website. We outline the services available to our patients at every point in their care.

Make an appointment/referral or have your questions answered

Our Patient Care Center is staffed by oncology nurses and is just a phone call away to answer your questions or to assist you in making an appointment. Please call 800-865-1125 or use our appointment request form.

If you would like to refer a patient, please contact our M-Line service: 800-962-3555.

For more information, visit our Make an Appointment web page.

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