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Spine Tumor Clinic

Contact

(608) 263-7540

(800) 323-8942

 

Referring Physicians

(608) 263-5394

UW Health's Spine Medicine specialists provide a multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and management of spine tumors. Our Spine Tumor Clinic combines the expertise of spine surgeons and orthopedic oncologists from the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center.
 
What are spinal tumors?
 
Spinal tumors are abnormal growths found inside the spinal column. There are two types of spinal tumors:
  • Primary: These tumors originate in the spine and are very rare.
  • Secondary: These tumors originate elsewhere and spread to the spinal column. These tumors are also called metastatic tumors.
Primary tumors can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). All secondary tumors are malignant.
 
Our Spine Tumor Providers
 

Raheel Ahmed, MD, PhD

Dr. Ahmed specializes in all aspects of pediatric neurosurgery and has a focused interested in surgical management of congenital pediatric spinal disorders and pediatric epilepsy.

Paul A. Anderson, MD

Dr. Paul Anderson is a nationally recognized expert in spinal trauma and complex cervical spine disorders. His research specialties include spinal fixation implants and the development of an artificial cervical disc.

Amgad S. Hanna, MD

Amgad Hanna, MD, is an assistant professor in the University of Wisconsin Department of Neurological Surgery. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the spine and peripheral nerves. He is experienced in complex spine surgery, t...

Bermans J. Iskandar, MD

Dr. Iskandar’s areas of expertise include craniofacial repair, brachial plexus reconstruction, and endoscopic surgery for tumors and congenital brain anomalies. He gained national recognition for pioneering endoscopic intracranial surgical proc...

Daniel K. Resnick, MD

Daniel K. Resnick, MD, is a Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He completed his undergraduate education at Princeton University, followed by medical school at the University of ...

Clifford B. Tribus, MD

Dr. Tribus is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery. He specializes in disorders of the spine, including scolosis and spinal deformity, cervical and lumbar disc and degener...

Gregory R. Trost, MD

Gregory R. Trost, MD, earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and completed his residency at UW Hospital and Clinics.

Seth K. Williams, MD

Dr. Seth Williams specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery, CT-navigated surgical techniques and complex cervical and lumbar spine surgery. He also treats extremity fractures as a member of UW Health's Trauma Surgery team.   If you have...

Thomas A. Zdeblick, MD

Dr. Zdeblick is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He is the director of the University of Wisconsin Spine Center. His practice focuses on the treatment of spinal disorders. His clinical interests include cervical deformity, disc ...


 
Symptoms
 
Spine tumors are usually detected because patients feel back pain unrelated to movement. This type of back pain cannot be improved through inactivity or physical rehabilitation.
 
Other symptoms include:
  • Sciatica
  • Numbness
  • Partial paralysis
Treating Spine Tumors
 
The treatment of spinal tumors depends upon many factors, including tumor type, presence of paralysis, medical conditions and the preferences of the patient.
 
UW Health's multidisciplinary team of surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and other practitioners develop individualized treatment plans. Plan goals include reducing pain, maximizing neurologic function and patient quality-of-life.
 
Surgical treatment may include:
  • Tumor resection
  • Neurologic decompression
  • Surgical stabilization of the cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral spine
  • Percutaneous treatments such as vertebroplasty and radiofrequency ablation or cryotherapy

These treatments can be combined with other treatment modalities, such as chemotherapy or radiation.