Spine Tumor Program
We're helping patients achieve relief from the pain and neurological dysfunction that's often related to spinal tumors and spinal metastases. The Spine Tumor Program at Northern Westchester Hospital offers extensive expertise and the sophisticated medical technology for the diagnosis and treatment of cancerous and non-cancerous growths on and adjacent to the spine. We use the most advanced techniques to perform minimally invasive and non-invasive treatments for spine tumors, including cases that were previously inoperable.
To learn more about out spinal tumor treatment program here at NWH, call us at 914.242.8113 or contact us online.
Spine Tumor Symptoms
When spinal tumors develop as a result of either primary or secondary cancers, the resulting symptoms can have a significant impact on your quality of life. You could experience:
- Sharp, debilitating pain in your back, neck, arms, legs, and/or skull
- Muscle weakness and nerve pain throughout the legs, arms, and feet
- Dizziness, reduced strength, and loss of balance
- Difficulty walking
- Urinary and/or fecal incontinence
Skeletal metastases impacts up to 70 percent of all patients with cancer that has spread beyond the original site, making this one of the most common complications associated with any type of high-grade, invasive cancer.
Left untreated, a tumor on, or near your spine can lead to compression of the spinal cord nerves, resulting in either partial or full paralysis.
Treatment of Spinal Tumors
Stereotactic radiosurgery specialists perform safe, effective, minimally invasive treatment for spine tumors, as well as non-surgical treatment for cancers of the spine using leading-edge technologies like the Novalis Radiosurgery System. This non-invasive alternative to traditional, spine tumor surgery combines high-definition medical imaging with computer-guided delivery of precise high doses of concentrated, targeted radiation deep inside the cancerous tumor- with no incisions, no need for anesthesia.
Advantages of Stereotactic Spine Tumor Surgery
The majority of patients who undergo stereotactic spine tumor surgery experience significant pain relief within a few days of the procedure, making this an excellent option for the management of severe cancer pain associated with spinal metastases.
This procedure can also be used to treat primary cancers of the spine; to eradicate remnants of tumors that might remain following conventional, open surgical removal of a tumor; and as a treatment option for patients who may have inoperable conditions or who aren't able to have surgery.
We're helping to improve patient outcomes through non-invasive and minimally-invasive spinal tumor treatment options here at NWH by eliminating the need for incisions, general anesthesia, and lengthy hospital stays.
To schedule a consultation with one of our spine tumor surgery specialists, call us at 914.242.8113 or contact us here.