Spine Tumor Center

The Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Spine Tumor Center offers a comprehensive spine tumor clinic using the newest technology based on the latest research. Dr. Matthew Colman, who completed a fellowship in pediatric and adult musculoskeletal oncology at Harvard University and also in spine surgery at the University of Utah, is the only physician in Chicago who is trained in both musculoskeletal oncology and spine surgery.


Dr. Colman sees many types of spinal tumors including the following:

  • Aneurysmal Bone Cyst
  • Breast Carcinoma
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Chordoma
  • Ewing's Sarcoma
  • Fibrosarcoma
  • Fibrous Dysplasia
  • Giant cell tumor
  • Hemangioma
  • Lung Carcinoma
  • Lymphoma
  • Metastatic tumor
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Osteoblastoma
  • Osteochondroma
  • Osteoid Osteoma
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Prostate Carcinoma
  • Renal Cell Carcinoma
  • Thyroid Carcinoma

Dr. Colman approaches the treatment of spinal tumors from a foundation of evidence-based medicine. He utilizes a personalized approach that takes into account the age, overall health and personal values of the patient. He communicates and collaborates on a daily basis with the other physicians who may be involved in your care, including medical and radiation oncology, pathology and radiology.

Spinal tumors may occur:

  1. Inside the spinal cord (intramedullary). These are the least common spinal tumors; they are most frequently found in the cervical spinal cord. Astrocytomas and ependymomas represent the vast majority of these tumors.
  2. Outside the spinal cord itself but in the sac covering the spinal cord and nerves (intradural, extramedullary). Most of these tumors are schwannomas and neurofibromas.
  3. Outside the sac which covers the spinal cord (extradural). These represent by far the most common type of spinal tumor and can be benign or malignant, primary or secondary.

According to Dr. Howard An, MOR medical director, "This is a place where patients facing a formidable challenge will receive care of the highest caliber. Dr. Colman goes to great lengths to make certain that his patients are armed with the latest information and treatments. They are in superb, caring hands." Dr. Colman was recognized for opening the MOR Spine Tumor Center in Orthopedics this Week.

For additional information about the Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Spine Tumor Center call: 1-844-SPINE09 (1-844-774-6309) or email: SPINE.TUMOR@rushortho.com.