What is a spinal tumor?
A spinal tumor is an abnormal mass of tissue that grows around part of the vertebrae/spine, spinal cord, or nerves. Either benign or malignant (cancerous), they can originate in the vertebra (primary) or travel to the spinal area from another area of the body (metastatic).
How experienced is the Barrow team in treating spinal tumors?
Only the most experienced neurosurgery centers in the world will treat spinal tumors. Our physicians are not only some of the best-trained neurosurgeons in the field, but they also provide training and consultation to residents and peers from more than 48 countries. In addition, our team established the first neurosurgical fellowship in the U.S.
What are the most common types of treatments for spinal tumors?
If a tumor is benign and not growing rapidly or causing pain, simply monitoring the tumor may be the best course of action. However, if a tumor is cancerous or causing harmful symptoms, treatment can include expert surgical removal of the tumor. Additionally, we can treat spine tumors non-surgically, with stereotactic methods such as CyberKnife® and radiation.