Tumors on the spine can be difficult to treat and remove. At Baptist Health Brain & Spine Care, we use the most advanced diagnostic tools to identify your type of spine tumor. Our team then plans treatments to minimize damage to nearby structures and get you back to doing the things you love.

If your spine tumor is cancerous, our neuro-oncology team will partner with Baptist Health Cancer Care to discuss your case and create a specialized treatment plan that meets your unique needs.

Our Approach to Spine Tumor Care

Our Approach to Spine Tumor Care

When you come to Baptist Health Brain & Spine Care for spine tumor care, you can expect:

  • Experienced spine specialists and neurosurgeons skilled in highly complex spine tumor surgeries and treatment
  • A collaborative approach to care that leads to treatment tailored to you
  • State-of-the-art facilities with the latest and most advanced diagnostic tools and treatment technologies

Types of Spine Tumors

The team at Baptist Health Brain & Spine Care treats all types of cancerous (malignant) and noncancerous (benign) spine tumors. These include tumors that form inside the spinal cord (intramedullary tumors) and tumors in the spinal column but outside of the spinal cord (extradural tumors). We also treat tumors that begin in your spine (primary spinal tumor) and those that move to your spine from another area of your body (secondary spinal tumor).

Some of the spine tumor types we treat include:

  • Astrocytomas
  • Chondrosarcomas
  • Chordomas
  • Ependymomas
  • Malignant neoplasms
  • Metastatic (secondary) spine tumors
  • Osteoid osteomas
  • Schwannomas

How Are Spine Tumors Diagnosed?

If our team believes you have a spine tumor, we’ll use the latest diagnostic and imaging tests to confirm your diagnosis. Tests we use include:

Our team may also perform a biopsy to make an exact diagnosis of your spine tumor. During a biopsy, your surgeon removes cells from the tumor to examine under a microscope.

How Are Spine Tumors Treated at Baptist Health?

At Baptist Health Brain & Spine Care, we use a combination of therapies to treat spine tumors. We also hold Tumor Board meetings to review treatment options and plan the best course of care for you.

Our Tumor Board meetings include specialists from across Baptist Health Brain & Spine Care and Baptist Health Cancer Care. Together, our experts discuss your case and recommend the best treatment plan for you.

Some of the spine tumor treatments we offer include:

  • Chemotherapy. Chemical agents destroy cancer cells and can also help decrease the size of a spinal tumor. Chemotherapy is often used to treat metastatic cancers that have spread throughout the body.
  • Radiation therapy. High-energy X-rays target the tumor to shrink or control its growth. This is an effective option for limiting damage to the surrounding healthy tissue.
  • Proton therapy. External beam radiotherapy aims energized particles onto a tumor to painlessly target and precisely destroy cancer cells.
  • Radiosurgery. Powerful, highly focused radiation destroys tumors as effectively as surgery with no incisions. Our team is experienced in Gamma Knife® and CyberKnife® radiosurgery.
  • Surgery. Surgical treatment may include spinal separation surgery, intraoperative tumor ablation or complete removal of the tumor from the spine.

If you need surgery, our team will use intraoperative MRI to gather real-time pictures of your spine during the procedure. Neurosurgeons use these images to ensure complete removal of your tumor while you are still in the operating room.

After surgery, we will work with physical and occupational therapists to get you moving as soon as possible. Your recovery will also include pain management services. Your doctor may also recommend neurorehabilitation.

Spine Tumor Research

Spine Tumor Research

Our team works closely with experts at Baptist Health Cancer Care on a wide range of clinical trials for new, innovative spine tumor treatment. Talk to your doctor or view our list of active trials to learn more about spine tumor research.

Meet Our Spine Tumor Team

Your team will include neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, radiation oncologists, advanced practice providers and nurses, from both Baptist Health Miami Neuroscience Institute and Baptist Health Miami Cancer Institute.

Our Locations

We provide spine tumor care throughout Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. Find a location near you.

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