Patients who are in need of renowned medical expertise to treat a spinal tumor can find everything they need here at NYSI. A spinal tumor is an abnormal mass of tissue within or surrounding the spinal cord or spinal column. Tumors of any degree can be a cause of panic or concern, and many will be categorized based off of certain indicators. Our medical staff is well educated and experienced with the complexities of spinal tumors and are here to help you understand your condition.*
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. Led by Alexandre B. de Moura, M.D., FAAOS we are here to walk you through your diagnosis and options.*
In order to provide personalized care on a daily basis we are proud to offer our patients medical staff who can speak variety of languages. 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.
In some cases, genetic components or diseases may cause a primary tumor to form on the spine which is why doctors will conduct a thorough family and medical history exam.*
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*:
*The effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment will vary by patient and condition. New York Spine Institute does not guarantee certain results.