Each spinal tumor is unique, with many benign and some more complex and even cancerous. Rest assured that the spinal tumors specialists at Och Spine at NewYork-Presbyterian are highly trained to address any spinal tumor and can help give advice and care suited to your specific needs.
We see patients at all stages of their spinal tumor journey and work closely with other specialists, including oncologists and radiation oncologists. Our Och Spine specialists consider many factors during initial exams, including age and symptoms, before deciding on further screening or tests.
If you've been previously diagnosed with a spinal tumor, our team will collaborate with your doctors to make your care seamless.
Och Spine spinal tumor team includes doctors and medical professionals who have successfully treated many tumors, including:
- Intramedullary tumors, which occur within the spinal cord or in the spine's bones
- Meningiomas that form on the membrane covering the spine
- Schwannomatosis, a condition where noncancerous (benign) tumors called schwannomas grow on nerves.
Our spine specialists can guide you through treatment decisions, whether you're facing a new spine tumor diagnosis or hoping to manage late-stage care.
Why Choose Us
Where Spinal Tumor Patients Find Answers
Spinal tumor patients choose Och Spine for specialized neck and back pain services because we offer comprehensive treatment that collaborated with surgery, pain management, and rehabilitation specialists to deliver advanced tumor care.
Our spine tumor programs are one of the country’s most extensive programs in this field and are known for continued clinical research and new therapies for spine tumors.
In addition, Och Spine neurosurgical spine surgeons lead tumor boards with neuro-oncologists, radiation oncologists, and endovascular interventionalists. Tumor boards allow dedicated time for these specialists to discuss each patient's case and decide together on the best treatment plan.
Our Approach to Care
Expert Spine Tumor Treatment
Och Spine neurosurgeons are known for their microsurgical techniques, which ensure minimal incisions and shortened recovery time. Och Spine has expertise in managing a wide range of spinal tumors in children and adults, including:
- Ewing's sarcoma
- Giant cell tumor
- Metastatic tumors
- Osteogenic sarcoma
- Osteoid osteoma
- Solitary bone plasmacytoma
- Spinal hemangioma
- Dermoid and Epidermoid
- Dumbbell Tumor
- Nerve Sheath Tumor
- Pathologic Fracture
With advanced imaging such as MRI, our spine specialists can detect tumors and plan for care. This precise imaging also detects small intradural extramedullary tumors, which may not cause any noticeable symptoms. These tumors appear in or around the spine. They may be characterized by pressure or sensations such as tingling or numbness. Our specialists can monitor the patient's tumor when found early, possibly avoiding surgery.
Och Spine specialists perform more surgeries than any other group in the New York metro area, treating the common to the complex. Our doctors are leaders and pioneers in this field. Dr. Paul McCormick, a recognized world expert in spinal disorders, including tumors, has performed more than 7,000 spine surgeries, many in the tri-state area. Today, he is the Director of Och Spine at The Neurological Institute of New York.
Our pediatric spine specialists also treat children diagnosed with spinal tumors. We understand children's physical and emotional needs and may adjust treatment over time as these needs change. We are specially trained to treat many conditions, such as neurofibromatosis, which causes tumors to grow on the spine or brain. Our pediatric surgeons work closely with micro neurosurgeons who use instruments specially designed for small spaces and anatomies.
Och Spine multidisciplinary teams create individualized treatment plans for each patient, whether they are facing a new diagnosis or managing advanced cancer care.