Spinal Cord Tumors: Approach to Care

Spinal surgery accounts for more than 50 percent of neurosurgical practice and all neurosurgeons are well trained in this field. In addition, UF Health Neurosurgery is proud to have several faculty experts in the area of complex spinal instrumentation, including Daniel Hoh, MD. The UF Health spine team performs virtually every type of spinal decompressive and reconstructive surgery. Disorders treated include cervical, thoracic, and lumbar disc disease, spinal tumors, spinal cord tumors, craniocervical junction anomalies, fractures and a variety of degenerative spinal diseases. The UF Health team has helped to develop and perfect a variety of spinal techniques. Recent developments include minimally invasive spinal surgery (frequently performed on an outpatient basis), morphine pumps for benign pain, baclofen infusion pumps for spasticity and computer guided spinal surgery. Over 1000 spinal surgery cases are performed annually by our neurosurgeons. 

Multidisciplinary Treatment Team

Our multidisciplinary approach brings together medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and other specialists working with neurosurgeons to provide comprehensive medical and surgical care for patients. Team members meet weekly to carefully review patient information and develop the best possible treatment plan for each individual. Patients and caregivers are supported by the Center’s patient navigator and are provided the opportunity to participate in education programs, counseling and support groups.

The multidisciplinary treatment team includes physicians, nurses and staff who can provide extensive experience in many areas of prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Our patients benefit from numerous services:

  • Integrated clinical experience
  • Education and support groups
  • Weekly tumor board
  • Clinical trial enrollment and clinical research
  • Neuro-psychology, rehabilitation and palliative care assessments
  • Psychosocial support
  • Genetic counseling
  • Social workers
  • Patient and caregiver educators and resources
  • Personal wellness and rehabilitation programs
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Spiritual guidance
  • Palliative care
  • Surgical oncology
  • Medical oncology
  • Pediatric oncology
  • Radiation oncology
  • Pathology
  • Radiology

State-of-the-Art Technology and Innovative Therapy

Our renowned experts utilize the latest innovative technology to provide extensive treatment options. We offer a wide range of technologies:

  • Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS)
  • Linac scalpel
  • Computer-guided neurosurgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Stereotactic brain biopsy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Proton radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Medical Therapy
  • Phase One through Three clinical trials

Learn More

See our NEW Informational Video: "When There's Something On Your Mind: Important Things To Know If You Have A Brain Tumor"  by William Friedman, M.D.