In the following videos, John O'Toole, MD, a neurological spine surgeon at Rush University Medical Center discusses the differences between primary and metastatic spine and spinal cord tumors, the symptoms of spine and spinal cord tumors and treatment options for these tumors. Double-click to view a larger video.
Introduction to Spine and Spinal Cord Tumors
While some spine and spinal cord tumors are cancerous, many are not. Both types of tumors can be problematic and interfere with mobility and quality of life.
Symptoms of Spine and Spinal Cord Tumors
Pain caused by spine and spinal cord tumors differs from other kinds of back pain. Typically it occurs at night and is not relieved by rest.
Spine and Spinal Cord Tumor Treatment
Treatment is based on the type of tumor. In many cases, benign tumors can be completely cured.
A Team Approach to Metastatic Spine and Spinal Cord Tumors
At Rush, surgeons work closely with medical oncologists and radiation oncologists to treat metastatic spine and spinal cord tumors, lessen pain and improve mobility.