Jefferson University Hospitals

Spinal Tumors

Physicians of Jefferson's Spine Program perform traditional and minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat primary spinal tumors (those that originated in the spine), as well as metastatic spinal tumors (those that originated elsewhere in the body but have spread to the spine). When appropriate, we employ image-guided, noninvasive radiosurgery techniques (often referred to as stereotactic radiosurgery).

Tumors of the spine are classified according to their location with respect to the spinal cord and the lining around the spinal cord, called the dura. Our neurosurgeons have extensive experience with:

  • Extradural tumors (those that appear outside of the lining of the spinal cord, or dura). Our physicians can successfully treat these tumors with a specialized form of radiation called intensity modulated stereotactic radiosurgery – targeting the tumor with a single dose of radiation while sparing the nearby spinal cord. This has shortened the treatment to one day as opposed to two weeks and the time to pain relief has been cut in half.
  • Intradural extramedullary tumors (those that grow inside the dura but outside of the spinal cord)
  • Intramedullary tumors (those that appear within the spinal cord itself)

While orthopedic surgeons typically operate only outside the dural membrane, neurosurgeons have extensive, focused training and experience operating outside and inside the dural membrane.

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