Abnormal growth on or around the spine is called a spinal tumor. Spinal tumors are rare but can cause a variety of complications and associated pain. Most patients who have been diagnosed with a tumor ask the question: ‘Is it cancer?’

The first step necessary to a spinal tumor treatment plan is accurate diagnosis. Spinal tumors are categorized during this process. Tumors in the spine that are cancerous are called malignant and those that are noncancerous are called benign. Malignant tumors can be located only in or around the spine; these are called primary. Malignant tumors also can grow on the spine after spreading from another location, which are called metastatic or secondary.

Many spinal tumors are noncancerous, and treatment is performed to relieve symptoms and get the patient back to normal activity. Because the tumor often puts pressure on the delicate nerves in and around the spine, the surgical removal of the tumor must be precise and exact. Our surgeons have decades of experience removing growths on and around the spine and have incredible understanding of the spine, which is vital when operating in such small and complex sites. They often are able to perform the procedure using minimally invasive technology and techniques to lessen the impact of the surgery on the body. We also can coordinate a pain management plan to keep you comfortable before, during and after the procedure.

If the tumor is determined to be cancerous, our team gathers experts from the world-renowned Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute including pathologists, radiologists, medical oncologists, patient support and rehabilitation.

Our model of care is multidisciplinary, which means the best of the best coordinate on the patients’ behalf, so the care coordination is seamless. Our surgeons will regularly meet with the other experts to collaborate on offering the best treatment options. These options are then presented to the patient and loved ones and a plan of attack is created. Often, patients with malignant tumors on or around the spine have many medical complications, which our surgeons are skilled at managing. We also have integrated pain management care, which will be built into your plan as needed. Patients with malignant tumors can rest assured that the very best will be fighting for them.

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