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Treatment for Spinal Cancer and Spinal Tumors

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Treatment for Spinal Cancer and Tumors at UPMC

In addition to using traditional surgery techniques, UPMC has the most experience in the world in treating spinal cord tumors and cancer with stereotactic spine radiosurgery — a noninvasive procedure that delivers a high dose of radiation to spinal tumors that can often give patients effective pain relief and tumor control.

As one of the nation’s leading centers for neurosurgery, UPMC treats a large number of patients with both malignant and benign spinal cord tumors or cancer each year. The program’s multidisciplinary team combines the expertise of neurosurgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and pathologists to provide a complete continuum of care — incorporating best practices and access to the latest cutting-edge surgical and radiosurgery techniques.

At UPMC, our team collaborates to seek the best technique — or combination of techniques — to treat each patient’s spinal condition with the goal of returning to normal functioning. In addition to spine radiosurgery, treatment options at UPMC may also include a combination of the following:

Our experts will recommend what treatment option is right for you. Depending on the size and location of the tumor, treatment options will vary.


Spine Radiosurgery: An Alternative Approach
Dr. Peter Gerszten discusses the advantages to spine radiosurgery treatment for patients.