Spinal tumors should not be ignored. Learn more about spine tumors and surgical options from Dr. Anthony Leone.
The primary goals of surgery in patients with spinal tumors are to reduce pain, to preserve or restore neurologic function, and to establish spinal column structural integrity. Less commonly, excision of the tumor is an attempt at a cure is performed. In patients with tumors that do not respond to radiotherapy and chemotherapy, earlier surgery to prevent impending vertebral collapse and/or neurologic deterioration may be considered.¹
¹R. Vaccaro MD, Alexander. Orthopaedic Knowledge Update. Rosemont: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2005.