Spinal Tumors

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
Man suffering from backache due to a spinal tumor holds his lower back.

Nearly 24,000 malignant tumors of the brain or nervous system are diagnosed each year. Tumors of the spine may affect the bones, ligaments, muscle, tendons, and nerves leading to severe disability, including pain or paralysis, or potentially even death. 

At Yale Medicine, we understand the landscape of evidence-based medicine, with tools such as our spine registry that allows us to assess treatment results and help improve patient outcomes.  Our neurosurgeons use advanced surgical techniques and technology to provide comprehensive care for patients with spinal tumors, enabling us to provide a higher level of care than what is available in other community hospitals.

“We treat each patient as if they were in our family.  I would never offer surgery or treatment to a patient that I would not readily give to myself or a loved one,” says Joseph Cheng, MD, MS, Professor of Neurosurgery at Yale School of Medicine, and Director of the Neurosurgery Spine Fellowship program at Yale.