For tumors of the spine, our neurosurgical teams can expertly treat relatively rare primary tumors that arise from the spinal cord, as well as more common metastatic tumors of the spinal column that result from cancer elsewhere in the body. In either case, spine tumors can cause back pain, muscle weakness, balance issues and generally decrease feeling and function leading to poor quality of life.

Since spine tumors affect so many aspects of patients’ physical well-being, a multidisciplinary approach is critical to achieving the best outcomes. At NorthShore, our spine tumor specialists include neuro-oncologists, neurosurgeons specially trained in spinal column oncology, and physiatrists (physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians who are also pain management experts) who closely collaborate to seamlessly coordinate care. Depending on the location of a tumor, our team may also consult with ear, nose and throat as well as general and thoracic specialists.

Advanced Diagnostics

Neurological Institute specialists evaluate patients with the latest in diagnostic technology, including state-of-the-art low-dose CT scanning and high resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Our neuroimaging team performs scans on-site at NorthShore’s multiple hospital locations to allow for rapid physician review and timely communication with patients. A team of specialized neuroradiologists—all certified by the American Board of Radiology and who hold the prestigious Certificate of Added Qualification in Diagnostic Neuroradiology—provides the superbly-trained critical eye to accurately interpret brain images. All neuroimaging examinations are reviewed and interpreted by a dedicated neuroradiologist.

Indications for surgery to remove spine tumors may include:

  • Improving pain caused by compressed nerves
  • Enhancing the effectiveness of chemo and/or radiation therapy
  • Stabilizing the spine to prevent further neurological injury or decline

Therapeutic Options

Our spine neurosurgeons offer innovative surgical treatments to reduce or eliminate the pain often associated with spine tumors. They have mastered the newest approaches—often involving neuro-navigation using sophisticated imaging technology as well as the utilization of advanced stereotactic radiosurgery—to non-invasively destroy spine tumors.

Removing spine tumors is only one part of the equation. Equally important is the ability to stabilize the spine once the lesion is gone. The Neurological Institute features neurosurgeons who have been fellowship trained in complex spinal procedures including spinal column reconstruction. They employ the most modern instrumentation and reconstructive techniques to maintain the stability of the spine. Working alongside NorthShore radiation oncologists, they make use of the most effective technology and equipment, developing personalized treatment plans designed to prolong survival, while improving function.

NorthShore’s pain management specialists, physiatrists as well as anesthesiologists, also provide therapeutic options to help patients manage their acute pain dysfunction and prevent disability. A comprehensive care plan may include imaging studies on site, medications, spinal injections and physical therapy.

For More Information

Please call 877.570.7020 for more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.

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