At Miami Neuroscience Institute, we understand how complex spine tumor treatment can be. Our specialists are highly skilled in sophisticated spinal procedures and work closely with physicians at Miami Cancer Institute to develop personalized and effective treatment plans.
Each of our spine tumor patients receives a comprehensive evaluation from specialists, including neuro-oncologists, radiation oncologists, neurologists and neurosurgeons specializing in spine care, across Miami Neuroscience Institute and Miami Cancer Institute. Patients also have access to the latest treatment technologies and medical therapies, as well as the most robust radiation therapy program available in South Florida.
What type of spine tumors are treated at Miami Neuroscience Institute?
We treat both cancerous (malignant) and noncancerous (benign) spine tumors at Miami Neuroscience Institute. These include tumors that form inside the spinal cord, or intramedullary tumors, and tumors on the outside of the spinal cord.
Some of the tumor types we treat include:
- Malignant Neoplasm Spinal Cord
- Metastatic (secondary) spine tumors
- Osteoid Osteoma
How are spine tumors diagnosed?
If your doctor believes you may have a spine tumor, he or she will usually have you undergo an imaging test. These tests can include CT scans, MRIs or a PET-MRI.
Your doctor may also have you undergo a tumor biopsy to diagnose the exact type of spine tumor. This will allow your team to develop a personalized and more effective treatment plan.
How are spine tumors treated at Miami Neuroscience Institute?
Spine tumors are typically treated with a combination of therapies, which can include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. At Miami Neuroscience Institute, we aim to find the safest and most aggressive treatment option for your specific tumor type.
Some of the treatments we use include:
- Spinal separation surgery
- Interoperative tumor ablation
- Gamma Knife Icon
- Proton therapy
If you undergo surgery for a spine tumor, your surgical team will have access to an interoperative MRI, which allows specially trained neurophysiologists to track spinal function during surgery. This monitoring also gives neurosurgeons the ability to re-scan your spine to assess whether an entire tumor has been removed, or if more surgery is needed to remove any remaining tumor. Miami Neuroscience Institute’s interoperative monitoring program is certified by the American Board of Neurophysiology Monitoring (ABNM).
When you come to Miami Neuroscience Institute for spine tumor treatment, you can expect:
- A team that is dedicated to treating your spine tumor safely, but aggressively, to help you live disease-free for as long as possible.
- Experienced spine specialists who are highly skilled in complex spine surgeries and treatment.
- Seamless collaboration between neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuro-oncologists and radiation oncologists, all with the goal of providing more personalized and effective treatment. We partner with Miami Cancer Institute’s specialists to treat cancerous spine tumors.
Meet the Team
Spine Tumor Clinical Trials
When you come to Miami Neuroscience Institute for spine tumor treatment, your case will be reviewed by our tumor board. During these meetings, a diverse group of specialists from all areas of neurology and cancer care come together to determine the right treatment plan for you. This process allows for a comprehensive evaluation that can lead to a more effective treatment.
Your recovery process will depend on the type of spine tumor you have and its location. After surgery, we will work with physical and occupational therapists to get you moving as soon as possible. Your recovery will also include pain management and may involve some inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation.