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Spine Tumors

This photograph shows the presence of tumor within the vertebrae. The tumor is dense white against the red interior of the bone. 
This photograph shows the presence of tumor within the vertebrae. The tumor is dense white against the red interior of the bone.

A spine tumor is a growth of cells (a mass) within the bones of the spine (vertebrae) or around the spinal cord (the column of nerves that control the limbs). Tumors are either benign or malignant.

Benign tumors do not spread from their original location but may be "locally aggressive." Malignant tumors are cancers that can spread their cancer cells to other parts of the body. Whether the tumor spreads or not, a spine tumor can threaten life and cause permanent disability.

For the complex surgery that is required to remove a spine tumor, there is no substitute for experienced specialists. At Texas Health Plano's Scoliosis and Spine Tumor Center, you will find sophisticated equipment and experienced physicians on the medical staff caring for spine tumor patients. Isador Lieberman, M.D., medical director of the Scoliosis and Spine Tumor Center, is internationally known for his experience with minimally invasive spine surgery and for teaching minimally invasive techniques to hundreds of physicians.

The goal in treating a spine tumor is complete removal of the tumor when possible, or local control and spine stability when complete removal is not appropriate. Many other factors are always considered in order to prevent permanent damage to the collateral tissue including the muscles ligaments and nerves. New techniques and instruments allow surgeons on the medical staff to reach tumors that were once inaccessible.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 1-877-500-5454.

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