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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
 

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.

Nathaniel P. Brooks, MD

Dr. Brooks specializes in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of disorders of the spine, including herniated discs, spinal stenosis and spinal tumors. He also has extensive training in revision spine surgery, complex spine surgery and minimally inva...

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...

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...


 
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.