A spine tumor
is a growth of cells (a mass) within the bones of the spine
(vertebrae) or around the spinal cord (the column of nerves that
control the limbs). Tumors are either benign or malignant.
Benign tumors do not spread from
their original location but may be "locally aggressive."
Malignant tumors are cancers that can spread their cancer cells
to other parts of the body. Whether the tumor spreads or not, a
spine tumor can threaten life and cause permanent
For the complex surgery that is
required to remove a spine tumor, there is no substitute for
experienced specialists. At Texas Health Plano's Scoliosis and
Spine Tumor Center, you will find sophisticated equipment and
experienced physicians on the medical staff caring for spine
Isador Lieberman, M.D., medical director of the Scoliosis and
Spine Tumor Center, is internationally known for his experience
with minimally invasive spine surgery and for teaching minimally
invasive techniques to hundreds of physicians.
The goal in treating a spine tumor
is complete removal of the tumor when possible, or local control
and spine stability when complete removal is not appropriate.
Many other factors are always considered in order to prevent
permanent damage to the collateral tissue including the muscles
ligaments and nerves. New techniques and instruments allow
surgeons on the medical staff to reach tumors that were once
For more information or to
schedule an appointment, call 1-877-500-5454.