We treat every patient that comes through our doors with respect, dignity, and care. We understand that a high level of compassion is just as important as providing top medical procedures.*
Our medical staff here at NYSI is recognized around the world for our knowledge and experience with spinal conditions, including tumors of the spine.
You can find doctors, surgeons, and other members of NYSI proficient in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, and Russian.*
Unfortunately, the cause behind most spinal tumors is unknown. There are some possibilities such as the exposure to cancer-causing agents, but for a majority, the reason why abnormal cells begin to grow on/around the spine is uncertain.*
Tumors of the spine can be described as*:
Spinal tumors can be referred to by the region they are found in; cervical, thoracic lumbar, and sacrum are all regions of the spine where a tumor can form. Their specific locations are broken down into three groups: intramedullary, extradural, and intradural-extramedullary.*
When one of our experienced doctors examines you they will conduct a complete medical examination, taking special note of any back pain or neurological issues. They will then perform one of the following radiological tests to determine a positive diagnosis.
After results of the radiological images are examined, and the confirmation of a spinal tumor is made, the next step is to determine whether it is benign or malignant. A small tissue sample will be taken through a biopsy procedure and will be examined under a microscope. Doctors and specialists will then compare findings and make a multidisciplinary plan of action which may include surgical or nonsurgical methods.*
Depending on varying factors your doctor may recommend a course of treatment that is either surgical or nonsurgical, keeping your overall health as a top priority. Our board-certified surgeons can perform proper procedures when all other options are exhausted. For spinal tumors that are either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic, observation of the tumor or radiation therapy may be recommended.*
There are multiple factors that doctors take into consideration before operating on a spinal tumor.
Typically, spinal surgery is considered for those with metastases who have a life expectancy of 12 weeks or longer. Other reasons for spinal tumor surgery are when radiation and chemotherapy fail to take effect. Possible spinal surgery procedures may include*: