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Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Surgery for spinal cancer

surgical oncology

Surgery for spinal cancer

Spinal cancer treatment at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) sometimes involves surgery. We apply similar surgical strategies for brain tumors to spinal column tumors.

The goal of spinal cancer surgery depends on several factors, including the location and grade of the tumor, and the symptoms present. When the tumor is limited only to one portion of the spinal column, we may perform surgery to completely remove the cancer. For metastatic spinal tumors, we may perform the minimum surgery necessary to relieve symptoms.

For example, we commonly use surgical strategies to treat spinal column compression and instability, and relieve pain. Spinal cancer surgery can also help to remove tissue pressing against the spinal cord and nerves or to relieve the buildup of cerebrospinal fluid.

Minimally invasive surgical techniques for spinal cancer

In the past, surgeries to address spinal tumors were relatively large. With advances in technology, we can perform many of these surgeries in a minimally invasive fashion. Minimally invasive spinal surgeries allow you to get back on your feet and return to normal activities more quickly, with less pain. This also allows you to maintain your nutrition and get back to treatment faster.