Getting a Brain or Spine Tumor 
Second Opinion  

If you've been diagnosed with a brain or a spine tumor, you should get a second opinion from a qualified specialist.  

This guide will provide you with the information you need to make an educated decision about treatment for your brain or spine tumor, including:

  • Reasons to get a second opinion 
  • How to get a second opinion   
  • Questions to ask during your second opinion   
  • What to do after you get a second opinion   

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About Us
Northwestern Memorial Hospital serves patients from across the country and around the world who have metastatic brain tumors. Through the Lou and Jean Malnati Brain Tumor Institute of Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University, we offer a wide range of services. They reflect our commitment to caring for each patient from diagnosis through treatment, and on to rehabilitation. Our team includes experts who specialize in almost every type of brain tumor. We welcome patients seeking second opinions.

Advanced Diagnosis and Treatment
At Northwestern Memorial Hospital, you will have access to the latest imaging and diagnostic tools. Our neuro-oncology team is one of the largest in the country, and includes world renowned experts. Our radiation oncologists offer the latest radiation technologies, including radiosurgery and proton beam therapy. We perform more brain and spine tumor surgeries than any other health system in Illinois.

Brain and Spine Tumor Research and Clinical Trials
Our physicians and research scientists seek new treatments for glioblastomas and other gliomas, brain metastases, meningiomas and other brain and spinal tumors. This relentless work has made us one of the world's leading brain tumor research centers. We are proud to be part of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, home to one of just six Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) grants for brain cancer funded by the National Cancer Institute. Click here to learn more about clinical trials.

Brain and Spine Tumor Care in Spanish
Explore brain and spine tumor treatment options in Spanish. We want to make sure you understand your diagnosis and treatment options. Acceder al conenido en Español.

To schedule your brain or spine tumor second opinion call 312.926.9706.

To schedule your brain or spine tumor second opinion call 312.926.9706.