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Spinal Tumor Center

Surgical management of spinal tumors is another area where Johns Hopkins offers you the most accomplished experts, the latest techniques, and the most detailed care.

Although these procedures can be challenging, you are in the safest possible hands with our surgeons, and you can trust their world-renowned expertise, technology, communication, and skill.

What You Need to Know

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  • Spinal tumors may be intramedullary--involving tissues of the spinal cord. They may be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous.)
  • Other spinal tumors are extramedullary--arising from tissues near the spinal column and spinal cord, and potentially putting pressure on these structures, resulting in pain or neurological problems.
  • Extramedullary tumors require removal to minimize the possible of spreading or recurrence. Many of these tumors can be completely removed because they have clearly defined borders and are not growing directly from nervous system tissue.
  • Tumors affecting the bone of the spinal column can be primary, meaning they originate in the spine itself. Or, they can be metastatic--originating from cancers in other parts of the body such as the breast, lung, liver, or prostate.

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Why Choose the Johns Hopkins Spinal Tumor Center?


Our Physicians

You can rely on our physicians' excellent teamwork, innovative therapies, and vast experience to help you manage all types of spinal tumors.

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Our Research

Learn more about scientific and clinical studies that are changing the outlook for diagnosis and treatment of spinal tumors.