Spinal Cancer Treatment Available at Tampa General Hospital
Spinal cancer treatment typically requires a highly experienced team of professionals that has the expertise necessary to effectively address the individual condition of each patient. Tampa General Hospital’s specialists fulfill these needs with a multi-specialty team that specializes in the treatment of a wide array of cancers of the central and peripheral nervous systems. Our medical professionals are able to create individualized treatment plans for patients with spinal tumors.
Spinal cancer treatment begins with the diagnostic process. This may include an MRI or CT scan to locate the tumor, and a biopsy to determine the nature of the tumor. Once a diagnosis has been confirmed, our medical professionals can create a treatment plan, taking into account numerous factors that include the type of cancer, the overall health of the patient, and other considerations. The spinal cancer treatment options we may recommend to a patient include:
- Surgery – This option is particularly useful for individuals who have a single, benign tumor that can be fully or partially removed. Tampa General Hospital utilizes robot-assisted technology and intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (iMRI) to offer minimally invasive surgery with the most advanced techniques available.
- Radiation therapy – This option may be used after surgery if any remaining tumor tissue remains. It is also used for metastatic spinal cancer, when the cancer is more widespread and surgery is not a viable option. At TGH, we use stereotactic guidance to specifically target tumor cells and reduce damage to the surrounding healthy tissue.
- Chemotherapy – This option may be applied independently or in conjunction with other options to treat cancer that is more widespread. Our team of oncologists and other medical professionals carefully selects and administers a combination of anti-cancer drugs to help destroy tumor cells.
Tampa General Hospital is dedicated to providing the highest quality treatment for spinal cancer and many other forms of cancer. For a physician referral, please use our PhysicianFinder tool or call (813) 844-2200.